By Solomon Nwoke
AHEAD of this month’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Calabar, former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro has cautioned the Super Eagles not to be swayed by their 2013 Afcon victory in South Africa.
Newly appointed head coach of Harambee Stars of Kenya, Adel Amrouche had boasted that Nigeria’s 2013 Afcon victory was not enough reason for Kenya to fear the Super Eagles.
He tasked Eagles’ head coach, Stephen Keshi and his players not to rest on their oars.
“I believe by now Keshi must have submitted his programme for the World Cup and the FIFA Confederation Cup and the earlier the FA approves of it, the better.
I know Keshi is not going to gamble with or be carried away by the victory in South Africa. I also know that he will like to retain the crop of players that executed and won the African Cup of Nations.
“Yes we have won the Nations Cup, what remains now is the World Cup and most importantly, I don’t want Nigeria to underrate any team, not even Kenya”, he said.
The former Bauchi State Sports Commissioner said he is certain that Nigeria would qualify for the next World Cup in Brazil as he expressed happiness over the role played by home-based players.
He said, “I am sure the Eagles will qualify. He should ensure everything is put in place for us to qualify . Whether Nigeria is going to do well at the World Cup or win it, I don’t know.
But I am certain that Nigeria will qualify for the World Cup. We have committed players from which Keshi is going to select the best for the country. Kenya must fall on March 23rd ”, he vowed.