But that failed to take the shine off for manager Keshi, who is now hoping to become only the second man in the tournament's history to win the tournament as a player and a coach after Egypt's Mahmoud El Gohary, who won it in 1959 and 1998.
"We won in 1994 after we had been together for five years," he told reporters.
"But we have been together for five weeks. We met up for the first time in our training camp in Portugal before the tournament, and it was a young group.
"We worked hard, the atmosphere was wonderful but you cannot compare this team to that. We did play very well today and I am very happy but we haven't won anything yet."