Nigeria poised to advance in World Cup
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 11 – Nigeria could be the first qualifiers for the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa if they win in Namibia on Wednesday. Maximum points for the Super Eagles would give them an unassailable Group F lead if second-place Malawi do not win at home against bottom side Kenya the same day. Reigning African champions Nigeria enter matchday 5 with eight points, Malawi have six, Namibia four and Kenya two and only the group winners advance to the two-leg play-offs.
The World Cup Group F fixtures were brought forward 72 hours because of the two-week tournament in Brazil, with Africa staging a further 18 matches between Friday and Sunday. Coach Stephen Keshi gambled on a bold three-man attack against Kenya and succeeded, although Nigeria had to wait 81 minutes before 20-year-old Russia-based Ahmed Musa lobbed the only goal.
The ‘Eagles’ started with nine of the team that defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in Soweto last February to win the Cup of Nations while injuries ruled out Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses and Turkey-based striker Ikechukwu Uche.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM