"You just do what you think is best for the team and the country. It's not that easy, but we're working on it."
Keshi captained Nigeria during the 1994 African Cup campaign in Tunisia, where Friday's opponent Zambia was beaten 2-1 in the final.
The skipper tasked with repeating the feat at this tournament, Joseph Yobo, recalls the jubilation that the victory sparked back home.
"I was about 14 years old and I remember the win, the celebrations on the street, which always happens when Nigeria wins," he said.
"But that was a long time ago. Now Zambia are defending champions so it's going to be a special game tomorrow."