Nigeria On The Verge
If they beat Namibia on Wednesday, Nigeria could be the first of the African countries to advance to the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Gaining maximum points in the match would give the Super Eagles an irrefutable Group F lead if Malawi, currently in second place, do not win at home against bottom team Kenya on the same day.
The current scores on the Group F log starts at eight points for reigning champions Nigeria, with Malawi at six points, Namibia with four points and Kenya with only two points. And only the group winners advance to the two-leg playoffs.
With a hectic schedule behind them, including arriving in south-west Africa after attending a training camp in Germany, obtaining a draw against Mexico in the United States and a World Cup qualifier win in Kenya last week, Windhoek is the latest stop to play. After Namibia, they head across the Atlantic once again to take on Tahiti, Uruguay and Spain in the Confederations Cup, with two further fixtures in the World Cup dress-rehearsal within their grasp if they secure a top-two Group B finish. It is therefore anyone’s bet on whether they will advance or be taken out by Malawi, and being able to access a casino online to bet, makes it that much more appealing.
In the match against Kenya, Coach Stephen Keshi made a very bold decision to use a three-man attack, and although Nigeria had to wait till the 81st minute before Russia-based 20-year-old Ahmed Musa scored the only goal of the match, it paid off.
Nigeria started out with nine players of the team that defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in Soweto last February to win the Cup of Nations, due to injuries that ruled out Victor Moses, who plays midfielder for Chelsea, and Turkey-based striker Ikechukwu Uche. This left the spots open for and fellow striker Nnamdi Oduamadi, who played significant roles in Nigeria obtaining victory, and confirming the team as favourites to make the final ten of the African qualifying competition.
“The 4-3-3 system in Kenya worked well for us so there is no need to change,” Keshi told reported in Windhoek. “Our focus is on defeating Namibia and not the Confederations Cup.”
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