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Nigeria/Kenya: Brazil 2014 Qualifying Clash With Kenya - Keshi Hopeful Emenike Will Be Fit

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has said that he has not given up on the possibility of his top striker, Emmanuel Emenike featuring in the March 23, World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Calabar.

Reacting to the news that the striker will be out for eight weeks, following an injury copped in the Africa Cup of Nations 4-1 semi-final win over Mali, Keshi said in Abuja that he feels that the reports may have been exaggerated and will be waiting for final words from medics from both the national team and the Spartak Moscow of Russia.

"Emenike is a very important component of our national team set up and we have to be concerned if he is in form, injured or otherwise and that is why we are a bit concerned about reports that he will not be available for the game against Kenya.

"We can never give up about such an important player and we wish him the quickest of recoveries no matter what the medical team anywhere is saying," Keshi declared.

The Super Eagles supremo praised the consistency of the top striker, declaring that even when he has several other options for Emenike, he's also hoping that the player makes it on time to the set up ahead of the Kenya World Cup qualifier duel, as he's trying to build a team that has started to gradually take shape.

Meanwhile, former Nigeria Football Association Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, has expressed his delight that the nation won the Nations Cup in South Africa and gradually the autonomy for football management, which he fought in his time as the leader of the football federation is gradually seeing the light of day.

"Yes, Stephen Keshi, who is like a son to me has been very busy and may not have called, same for the leadership of the NFF, but I'm so happy and delighted that we won the Nations Cup and some other things for which we were castigated for are gradually becoming the norms in Nigerian football.

"If we remain focused and avoid unnecessary controversy, we will go very far in not only winning trophies but remaining a force in world football," Galadima declared.

He urged the NFF leadership to savour their hard earned victory at SA 2013, instead of allowing forces of disunity to create rancour in the rank and file of the team and the NFF, at a time when celebration should be the hallmark of the nation.

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