The African champions played out a goalless draw with their Iranian counterparts in Curitiba on Monday. Keshi has attributed the Super Eagles’ show to a lack of “a bit of inspiration on the pitch.”
The Nigerian trainer also admitted that his team’s second half display was below par compared to the first.
However the former Mali and Togo coach acknowledged that the Iranians deserved credit for their discipline throughout the match.
“We played very well in the first half. The forwards were very active and they had a couple of chances to score, though we couldn’t put them away. We lost our shape in the second half.
“I felt we could have won the game but we were lacking a bit of inspiration on the pitch. Credit to Iran. They stuck to their game plan and were able to put it into practice from start to finish,” Keshi said to Fifa.com after the match.
Nigeria will now head to the city of Cuiaba where they will face World Cup debutants, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in a must-win match on Saturday.