By Otieno Otieno
With the decisive 2014 World Cup qualifying match between Kenya and Nigeria approaching fast, coach Adel Amrouche is yet to decide who will lead the team’s attacks following the absence of suspended striker Dennis Oliech.
Goal.com reviews Amrouche’s options ahead of the contest, which Kenya must win if they hope to reach the finals to be staged in Brazil.
GREAT FORM | Francis Kahata (right) has already scored against the Super Eagles with his stunning goal on March 23 in Calabar.
|FRANCIS KAHATA (THIKA UNITED)
Going into this match, Kahata is enjoying the greatest confidence facing Nigeria. First, Kahata has already scored against the Super Eagles with his stunning goal on March 23 in Calabar. Furthermore, Kahata is also enjoying great form with his club Thika United having so far scored three goals this season and is one of the players responsible for their current status as league leaders. With great encouragement, Kahata can rise up to the occasion providing options upfront.
|JACOB KELI (KCB)
BANKING ON KELI | The KCB forward can perform at the big stage if given an opportunity.
For a player who scores week in week out in the premiership, Keli can perform at the big stage if given an opportunity. The KCB striker has so far netted seven goals in 11 matches giving him plenty of confidence going into the fixture against the African champions and starts head above the rest of the local players to be picked for a starting role. Furthermore, Keli will be keen to prove himself and is likely to be at his best if he gets the opportunity to play. However, the only disadvantage for the player is lack of experience at this big stage.
|KEPHA ASWANI (AL, NASR, OMAN)
SCORING MACHINE | With five goals to his name in Oman, Aswani has the right to demand for a starting place against Nigeria.
Aswani has rediscovered his scoring boots since turning professional in Oman at the beginning of this season and currently boasts of five goals to his name in the top Oman league. Aswani was formerly at Thika United before he decamped to Oman to try and revive his career and it has so far been a successful time for him. With five goals to his name in Oman, Aswani has the right to demand for a starting place against Nigeria. It is particularly critical for Aswani to be given a chance at the big stage since he has a lot to prove and this only gives him plenty of motivation.
|KENNEDY OTIENO (THIKA UNITED)
Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche has expressed great confidence in Otieno due to his commitment and focus making him one of the favorites to start against Nigeria. He has so far scored three times in the local league through a hat-trick, the first and only one so far this season. Otieno just like any other new player has the burden of wanting to prove himself and this could push him to do well. But going against him is the lack of experience at this stage which may freak him out but it could also be a motivation to do well.