Nigeria expects tough game

10 Jun 2013 10:37

The Brave Warriors have a chance to end the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s 17 unbeaten run in their upcoming group F match of the Fifa World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek on Wednesday.
Nigeria defeated the Warriors 1-0 in Nigeria in their first World Cup Group F game in Nigeria last year in the last minute through Kechukwu Uche in the 80th minutes.
The Warriors will be boosted by the 0-0 draw away in Blantyre against Malawi last Wednesday.
This means the Warriors spent 118 minutes without conceding a goal since Roger Palmgren took over last month.
While the Super Eagles, the African champions now, are still unbeaten in their last 16 games either in World Cup qualifiers or friendly games.
If the Warriors are to get something out of the Nigerian game, they need to work on their striking force that has seen the Warriors failing to score in their last three international games.
The Warriors lost to Malawi 1-0 in Windhoek and were also held to 0-0 draw by Zambia in an international friendly in Windhoek. This was followed by the 0-0 draw against Malawi recently.
The Super Eagles has a habit of scoring late goals against and this has seen most of the Nigerian goals in the qualifiers coming in after 80 minutes of play.
They did this against Namibia, twice against Kenya and Malawi.
Nigeria scored a late goal against Kenya thanks to Musa Ahmed’s 80th minute goal and also another 81st minute against Malawi in Blantyre in March.
The two sides had met before on three occasions with Nigeria winning all the last encounters.
Their first encounter was an African Nations Cup qualifier during which Nigeria demolished Namibia 4-0 and was followed by a 2-0 loss in the Nations Cup qualifiers.
Last year, Nigeria defeated Namibia 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi told South African football magazine Kickoff after the Kenya game that their focus is against Namibia.
Keshi said the team will not grow complacent as they already have their attention on their next game against Namibia.
“Our focus is now on the match against Namibia in Windhoek on Wednesday. We have to pick maximum points from that match as well to make sure of our progress in the race, even ahead of the last matches in the group,” Keshi said.
Possible Nigeria line up:
Vincent Enyeama(goalkeeper), Efe Ambrose(defender), Godfrey Oboabona (defender), Kenneth Omeruo (defender), Uwa Echiejile (defender), John Obi Mikel (midfielder), Nnamdi Oduamadi (midfielder), Onengi Onazi (midfielder), Sunday Mba (midfielder) Aide Ideye (striker) and Ahmed Musa (striker).
Namibia’s possible line up:
 Virgil Vries, Dacosta Angula (captain), Willem Mwedihanga, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Haoseb, Freedom Puriza, Neville Tjiueza, Manfred Kaimbi, Lazarus Kaimbi, Tangeni Shipahu and Petrus Shitembi.
The game will be played at 20h00 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.