Harambee Stars stand in coach James Nandwa confident his charges can handle Nigeria

The tactician, who is holding brief for national team, believes Kenya could still surprise the newly crowned African champions and revive their faltering campaign
Harambee Stars stand in coach James Nandwa believes his charges could match the Nigerian Super Eagles during the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier set for March.

Nandwa said his boys will be highly motivated to play the newly crowned African champions making their March 23 World Cup qualifier in Lagos an exciting affair.

Nandwa who is holding brief for the Kenyan national team ahead of the Abuja assignment as the Kenyan FA source for a foreign coach, shared with Goal.com his expectations in readiness for the face off.

"We are happy for them that they won the Nations Cup after such a long time and this gives any team facing them (Nigeria) a lot of motivation because of the reality of facing such giants.

"I had an opportunity to watch most of their (Nigeria) games during the African Cup of Nations. They started the tournament on a slow pace but progressed as the competition went on."

"I noticed that they have very good ball players who prefer to take more than two touches on the ball before releasing it. Most of their goals also come from individual brilliance as compared to team work."

With this lowdown, the veteran coach says Kenya could still surprise the Super Eagles and bring back on track the faltering qualification campaign.

"We have the players to spring a surprise (and beat Nigeria) for the first time. I was impressed with the recent show in Tunisia (3-0 win over Libya). I am finalizing on the preparations time table and am hoping that the clubs will assist us with the players needed for the contest."

Nandwa however, called for good preparations before the Super Eagles match pointing out that they cannot afford anything less than the best training.

"They are the African champions and we have to prepare well to go and meet them otherwise, we will be in trouble," said Nandwa. Kenya has never beaten Nigeria away and always go down by 3-0 margin in their past matches.