Nigeria forwards Obafemi Martins and Victor Moses have downplayed the threat posed by Kenya to Nigeria’s bid to qualify for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
The Super Eagles host the Harambee Stars in the first leg of their Group F World Cup qualifier in Calabar on Saturday and the Kenyans have vowed to pull off a shock victory over the African champions, who are 33 places higher than them in the Confederation of African Football rankings.
Kenya coach Adel Amrouche, France-based striker Dennis Oliech and Celtic midfield star Victor Wanyama insist they are in Calabar to beat the Eagles, who lead the group with four points, to reignite their World Cup hopes. The Harambee Stars are rooted to the bottom of the table with one point.
But speaking ahead of today’s encounter at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Martins and Moses dismissed the threat, backing the Eagles to bag all points.
Martins, who grabbed a brace when Nigeria defeated Kenya in Nairobi in 2009, promised that the Eagles would not disappoint.
However, the Seattle Sounders new signing warned his teammates that they must not underestimate their opponents.
“There is no small team anywhere in the world, but we will give our best against Kenya and hopefully we can win,” SuperSport quoted the former Inter Milan and Levante player as saying on Friday.
Chelsea winger Moses declared that the team were ready for the encounter, saying the Kenyans had no chance against Nigeria.
The South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner tweeted, “We know what is expected of us in the game, and we are ready. If we were to play as a team as we did in South Africa, we have no problems.”
Portugal-based defender Elderson Echiejile and Ukraine-based striker Brown Ideye echoed their teammates’ comments, saying the Eagles will run out winners.
“The week is going on great, looking forward to a good game on Saturday against the Kenyan national team,” Echiejile wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
Meanwhile, coach Stephen Keshi has admitted that the Eagles are under pressure to win the encounter