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Nigeria FA boss Aminu Maigari has predicted the Super Eagles will get their 2014 World Cup quest back on track with a win in Kenya in June.
African champions Nigeria had to force the Harambee Stars of Kenya to a 1-1 draw at home last month to leave their qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 on a shaky note.FLASHBACK…Kenya’s John Njoroge (left) fights for the ball with Nigeria’s Obafemi Martins during their 2010 World Cup qualifier at Moi International Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya on 14 November, 2009. Nigeria play Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match in Calabar, Cross River on Saturday
They still lead Group F on five points from three matches, but are now hard pressed by Malawi, who also have five points.
However, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Maigari exclusively told MTNFootball.com he was confident the Eagles will fly high in Nairobi on June 5 on their way to qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
“Yes, we were all disappointed we did not beat Kenya at home last month, but that’s part of the game. The players too were disappointed,” Maigari said.
“Now we have to go and play better in Kenya and win.”
Incidentally, Nigeria had to beat Kenya 3-2 in Nairobi in November 2009 to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Nigeria have two away games, while closest rivals Malawi have two home games with a final clash between the two teams in September in Nigeria.
But Maigari insisted there is no cause for alarm as the Eagles will advance from this stage on the way to featuring at Brazil 2014.
“I’m not bothered about whether a team is playing at home or away. The most important thing is to ensure that you are at your best always, whether at home or away,” he argued.
“Nothing stops us from winning away from home. We will go to Kenya and win.
God’s willing, we will be in Brazil for the World Cup.”