The national team coach is cannot continue capping new players in the final qualifiers against Liberia in SeptemberSuper Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has been advised that for the two-legged encounter against the Leone Stars, he cannot continue to experiment and at this time must already have an idea of the players – form and fitness permitting; that are likely to face Liberia for a place in the next Nations Cup in South Africa in 2013.
This advice was given by a Lagos-based sports commentator, Ken Ochonogor. “The time for experiment is over. It is ties like these that Keshi needs to start his dream 11 and see if they can really perform,” said Ochonogor to Goal.com after the draws that paired Nigeria with Liberia on Thursday night.
“Luckily for us we just played the team and beat them with a home-based contingent in Monrovia in March, so the Liberian team should not hold any surprises for Keshi.
“That should have given us a psychological edge over them and we also have the second leg in our back yard.
“All in all, I see us going through without the now familiar recurrent hypertensive moments,” added Ochonogor.
The first leg of the final qualifier will come up in Monrovia in the weekend of September 7 – 9 with the return leg in October 12 - 14 in Nigeria in a venue that is yet to be decided by the Nigeria Football Federation.