Jonathan Akpoborie: Super Eagles must beat Harambee Stars in Nairobi to restore confidence

The former Nigeria international has said that the Super Eagles draw against the Kenyan side makes it mandatory for the Nigerian team to win in the return leg in June
Former international Jonathan Akpoborie has said that the 1-1 draw the Super Eagles secured against the Harambee Stars makes it compulsory for the Nigerian side to win the return leg in Nairobi in June.

The African champions forced the Kenyan side to a 1-1 draw at the U J Esuene Stadium in Calabar thanks to the late equaliser by Italy based midfielder Nnamdi Odumadi.

Akpoborie told that there is nothing wrong with the draw, but the three points gotten by Malawi in the away game against Namibia makes the next game in Nairobi a must win for the Super Eagles.

"We need to win in Nairobi to restore confidence. A win in that match is needed to tell Nigerians the victory at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is no fluke.

"The match is important because if we win, we remain on eight points and maintain the first position on the league table.

"Malawi defeated Namibia away from home and they also have five points like Nigeria. And when the Super Eagles will travel to Nairobi for the game against Kenya, Malawi will host Namibia at home.

"The moment we take care of business in the return leg, the result in the other game is not important. And I believe that it is possible to beat Kenya because we were clearly the better side in the game in Calabar.

"The players know that there is prestige in playing at the World Cup as African Champions. So they will attach all seriousness to the next game in the World Cup qualifiers.

"I am confident that they will get the three points in Nairobi. Nothing is impossible in the game of football.
It is the same team that triumphed in South Africa and they know what is at stake in the next game against Kenya," Akpoborie said.