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CAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Kenya v Nigeria

Top faces bottom on Wednesday in group F of the African World Cup qualifiers as Kenya host Nigeria.

Kenya remain rooted to the foot of the standings without a win after a draw against Malawi, defeat to Namibia and a 1-1 draw against Stephen Keshi’s men last time out.

Adel Amrouche’s Kenya side are in desperate need to improve in the final third, having scored just once in their three qualifiers thus far.
Francis Kahata got that goal in a game that saw Kenya go within two minutes of beating Nigeria in March and while it may have been a source of frustration, coach Amrouche has refused to press the panic button just yet.
“I play per team. That’s my plan. I am a realistic person,” the Belgian told FIFA.com.

“Obviously, winning is very important for us at this stage but I don’t have to put a lot of pressure on my players. We only need to plan and believe in ourselves that we can succeed.”
Nigeria, while they may sit top of the group, have hardly been in scintillating form either.
They needed an 80th-minute Ikechukwu Uche goal to edge past Namibia and gain their only win of the group stages so far while they could only muster draws against Malawi and Kenya.

The African Cup of Nations champions drew 2-2 with Mexico on Saturday in a friendly and midfielder Sunday Mba believes the team need to keep the wins coming to secure a place in Brazil next year.

“Last week, we showed character against Mexico in the 2-2 draw in Houston, Texas, and we believe we will also fly the flag high in Kenya, Namibia and also at the Confederations Cup,” the midfielder told FIFA.com.

“We have set a standard and Nigerians do not expect anything less.”

Nigeria face Namibia after the Kenya game before getting their Confederations Cup campaign underway later in June.
Mon 3 June, 2013
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