Namibia–Nigeria Preview: The Brave Warriors hope to dent the shine of the Super Eagles
The Warriors will be playing with a lot of belief having held the Super Eagles for 80 minutes in their last encounter and with confidence from their draw against Malawi
By Babajide Alaka
Mwedihanga, Da Costa, Haoseb, Horaeb
Shitembi, Stephanus, Jacob, Tijueza
Ambrose, Oboboana, Omeruo, Echiejile
Onazi, Mikel, Ogu
Oduamadi, Ideye, Musa
Added to that is the abrupt departure of their coach, Roger Palmgren on Sunday but the Warriors got a morale boosting draw away to Malawi last Wednesday and will be hoping to build on that point with all three points against the African champions.
On the part of the Eagles, expect the same players with the exception of Sunday Mba to start against Namibia. John Ogu should replace the Rangers midfielder, who had a below par performance against Kenya.
Last time out in Calabar, the Eagles had to wait till the 80th minute to get the winner and last Wednesday in Nairobi, it took all of 80 minutes for Ahmed Musa to nudge the Eagles in front. Also against Kenya in April, the Eagles took 93 minutes to get the equalizer against the Harambee Stars.
The Namibians are still without the injured Rudolf Bester, Henrico Botes, Heinrich Isaacks and Ronald Ketjijere, but Oliver Risser has resumed training and is in contention for a starting berth while there are no injury worries for the Super Eagles.
Coach Stephen Keshi is expected to send out his team in his favoured 4-3-3 formation while the Warriors should begin in a 4-4-2 formation with the two upfront expected to join in the midfield battle and crowd out their Nigerian opponents.
The Warriors need to win their last two games to stand any chance of topping the group and qualifying for the last round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. They are currently third on the log with four points from four matches.
So the game should be tight and if there is no goal after 75 minutes, be patient, the Eagles are now in the habit of scoring late goals.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Namibia are yet to score against Nigeria in three matches.
- Brown Ideye will be looking to score his fourth goal for the Super Eagles against the Brave Warriors.
- Former coach, Roger Palmgren is thought to be eying a job in China which prompted his abrupt resignation last Sunday.
- Nigeria are ranked 31st in the world while Namibia is a lowly 125.
- The scorer of Nigeria's goal last June, Ikechukwu Uche is not in the present squad.
- Lazarus Kaimbi is the highest Namibian goal scorer in the team with five goals in 19 appearances.
- Vincent Enyeama (pictured) will win his 81st cap if he is picked against the Namibians.
Top 3 Predictions
Namibia 0-2 Nigeria
- 34.58 %
Namibia 1-2 Nigeria
- 16.74 %
Namibia 1-3 Nigeria
- 14.41 %
|World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) (WCQA)||12 Jun 2013||Namibia 1 - Nigeria 1|
|World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) (WCQA)||03 Jun 2012||Nigeria 1 - Namibia 0|
|08 Sep 2013||Kenya 1 - Namibia 0||WCQA|
|03 Aug 2013||Namibia 3 - Mozambique 0||CHAN|
|28 Jul 2013||Mozambique 3 - Namibia 0||CHAN|
|16 Jul 2013||Namibia 0 - Mozambique 1||CSC|
|13 Jul 2013||South Africa 2 - Namibia 1||CSC|
|-||Harold Doekie Ochurub||Striker|
|-||Roger Kumbee Katjiteo||Striker|
|3||Uwa Elderson Echiejile||Defender|
|10||John Obi Mikel||Midfielder|
|4||John Ogochukwu Ogu||Midfielder|