27 February 2013

Nigeria/Kenya: Concentrate On Kenya Clash - Odiaka Advises Keshi

Former Nigerian international, Monday Odiaka, has warned the technical crew of the Super Eagles headed by Coach Stephen Keshi to put behind them celebration of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations won by Super Eagles in South Africa and give more attention to the World Cup qualifier against the Harambe Stars of Kenya.

Odiaka hinted that the need to concentrate on the World Cup qualifier against Kenya is necessary because the Kenyans would be looking for an upset against the Eagles. "That of the Afcon has come and gone, we know that we have won it but all eyes are on Nigeria now, every team wants to beat the Super Eagles, we should be focused."

Concerning the qualifier to Brazil 2014, Odiaka said continuity should be the focus of the team pointing out that it is not a matter of adding more local or foreign players to beef up the team that matters. He said Keshi and his assistants should try and get the best legs to thinker the country to Brazil next year.

The Guinness book of records fastest goal scorer explained further that Eagles should not look at the Kenyan's team as one of the teams they defeated on their way to 2010 in South Africa but over looked the situation seeing any team as underdogs. "2014 to Brazil is a big business, we should put our concentration on how to qualifier, it is the matter of adding more local players or European players to tinker the team but the technical crew should try and get the best.

They should not look the Harambe Stars as push-overs, the Kenyans are preparing for this qualifier; they are seeing us as champions and coming out to play us as underdogs. They want to make names, they want to get the attention of European clubs agents and they are full of determination that they can beat the Eagles, so, we should be well focused and concentrate and play them whole heartedly."

Odiaka stressed that the pressure would be on the Super Eagles as African champions and advised the Nigeria Football Federation to start the preparations now in order to avoid the fire brigade approach that might affect the team during the qualifier.

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