Kenya will revive their hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup final if they gun down Nigeria in a decisive qualifying match at Kasarani on Wednesday
Owino, Ochieng, Mandela, Ndetto
Mohammed, Omollo, Wanyama
Kahata, Lavasta, Aswani
Ambrose, Oboboana, Omeruo, Echiejile
Onazi, Mikel, Mba
Oduamadi, Ideye, Akpala
Kenya will revive their 2014 World Cup hopes if they beat Nigeria in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier at Moi Kasarani.
Harambee Stars are currently at the bottom of Group F with just two points after picking two draws against Malawi and Nigeria.
Going into Wednesday’s fixture, the odds are seemingly stuck against the home team, who have never beaten the Super Eagles in 11 encounters so far between the two sides.
The situation is even more complicated for the Stars this time around with the team’s all-time highest scorer Dennis Oliech suspended for the fixture. The situation leaves coach Adel Amrouche with limited choices in front of goal yet the team needs goals.
In the absence of Oliech, Amrouche is likely to use Kepha Aswani upfront. Aswani is coming back into the team on the back of an outstanding performance for his Oman side Al Nasr for whom he scored seven goals in the just concluded season.
Home-ground advantage will play a key role in pushing the Stars to victory. The Super Eagles will be motivated by their past dominance against Kenya even on home soil and so far there is no reason to believe they cannot pick victory in Nairobi.
Nigeria have had good preparations for this match which included a two week training camp in Germany culminating in a 2-2 draw against Mexico last Friday in a friendly match.
Even in the absence of Chelsea star Victor Moses, the Super Eagles still have enough fire power upfront with Ideye Brown and John Obi Mikel controlling things in midfield.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kenya has never won against Nigeria in the 11 meetings.
- On March 23, Kenya made history by holding the Super Eagles 1-1 in Nigeria. It was the first time Stars had held the Super Eagles at home.
- Kenya has played six World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria since 1986 with the latter winning most of the encounters.
- Nigeria are the current African Champions after winning the tittle in South Africa early this year.
- Nigeria won their last encounter against Kenya 3-2 in Nairobi. It was on 14/11/2009.
- The late Nigerian striker Rashidi Yekini scored most goals against Kenya - five goals.
- Kenya will face Nigeria minus two key players - goalkeeper Arnold Origi and striker Dennis Oliech (pictured) - both who are suspended.
- Kenya are currently at the bottom of the Group with just two points after picking two draws against Malawi and Nigeria.
- Nigeria have had good preparations for this match which included a two week training camp in Germany culminating in a 2-2 draw against Mexico last Friday.