Coach Stephen Keshi has praised his Super Eagles for excellent teamwork after a 1-0 win over Kenya that earned them three precious points in a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Ahmed Musa’s delightful chip over goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng with nine minutes to go, and Malawi’s failure to win against Namibia in Blantyre same day, means the African champions will reach the final qualifying fixture of the 2014 showpiece should they beat Namibia in Windhoek and Kenya hold Malawi in Blantyre on Wednesday next week.
“I will not single out any player for praise. This is a sweet victory for us and it was only possible by teamwork. Everyone played his part and at the end, we are happy to have the three points.
“However, our focus is now on the match against Namibia in Windhoek next 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 at the post-match parley.
Team departs for Namibia Friday
The Eagles’ delegation will fly out of Nairobi to Windhoek, via Johannesburg, on Friday.
After the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Windhoek on Wednesday, the delegation will then fly into South Africa on June 13 and connect to Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament.
They will on June 14 arrive in Belo Horizonte, venue of their opening match against Tahiti on June 17.