African champions Nigeria took command of Group F of the 2014 World Cup qualifying group after a 1-0 victory over Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Nairobi on Wednesday. Ahmed Musa notched the winner nine minutes from time racing onto a long ball before coolly lobbing goalkeeper Duncan Ochieng to give the Super Eagles a deserved victory at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
The win gave Nigeria 16 games unbeaten record. And that is not just empty stats. There is the African Nations Cup trophy to go with it. If Nigeria carries this unyielding spirit into the Confederation Cup, who knows … we might just see Nigeria in the final. Nigeria now has eight points from four games, two ahead of Malawi who were held to a 0-0 draw by Namibia in Blantyre. For Kenya’s Harambee Stars, their hopes of a place in Brazil next are almost over as they prop up the group on two points.
Confident Keshi had prior to the match expressed assurance that the team will settle for nothing but a win. “We respect the Kenyans for what they achieved when we played in Nigeria, but I like to state that is in the past. We have forgotten about that, just as we are not going to be thinking about the fact that we have beaten Kenya in nine of 11 previous meetings.
“The important thing is that we have a mission here and that is to pick the maximum points and then go to Namibia to do same. “That way, we would have enhanced our chances of qualification for the World Cup before going to the Confederations Cup,” he had enthused.