World Cup Qualification: Super Eagles Under Pressure —Keshi
Head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has stated that his team cannot afford to be complacent in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, because of their new status as African champions, which meant that other African countries would be aiming to defeat them.
Nigeria currently tops their group in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with four points and would next month host Kenya in Calabar, with Keshi reiterating that the Eagles would not have it easy, against their opponents after they won the last Nations Cup hosted in South Africa.
“The eyes of the continent would be fixed on us when the race to qualify for the 2014 World Cup starts next month. We are the African champions, so I expect that other teams would be bidding to get the better of us when they meet us. It is going to be a tough race and I am wary of our opponents,” Keshi said.
“I believe that there are no longer minnows in football, so I expect stiff competition from our opponents. They deserve to be where they are now and the fact that we are the champions of Africa has made us the team that others want to beat. They know that if they defeat us the world would notice them the more.”
“We are mindful of these things and are going to approach all the games with the highest sense of professionalism. It is not going to be easy but we are equal to the challenge and hope that at the end of the race we would be the ones smiling,” added Keshi.
Nigeria is in Group F alongside Kenya, Malawi and Namibia, and would be hoping to top the group and qualify for the last round of the qualifiers.