Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has warned that his team is yet to cross the line in their quest to feature at next year’s World Cup in spite of only needing a draw against Malawi to reach the final qualifying round of the 2014 Mundial in Brazil.
Keshi has insisted they still need to work to guarantee their qualification today. “We are cruising well, but not yet over the line. We have to send the best guys out there to get the job done,” Keshi said.
All 23 squad members trained at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Thursday evening despite a downpour, with no one sure of who will start.
Nnamdi Oduamadi and John Ogu were the last two players to arrive and they showed no signs of jet lag on the wet pitch of the Calabar stadium.
When asked about his selection concerns, Keshi simply said he will pick only the best players who will win for him on the day.
Thursday’s training was watched by over 7,000 fans, some of whom invaded the pitch in a desperation to catch a glimpse of their stars after the work out.
NFF president Aminu Maigari has assured of a comfortable win. “The Super Eagles will not underrate the Malawians. It is not in our team’s nature to take any team for granted. The Super Eagles will approach this match with all the seriousness it deserves. It is a key game towards our World Cup ticket agenda,” said Maigari.
On Thursday morning, Malawi’s delegation of 21 players and seven officials flew into Abuja from Accra, where the team travelled through after losing a friendly against Botswana.
They were received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by NFF general secretary Musa Amadu and other NFF top management.
After securing visa at point of entry, the players and officials then flew aboard an Arik Air flight to Calabar.