Match - Sat 16 June, 17:00,
Keshi wants goals against Rwanda
John Utaka has yet to score under Keshi
Two weeks ago, against Namibia in Calabar the Eagles threw away several begging chances and could only beat the Brave Warriors with a late strike by Ikechukwu Uche.
“The last time (the team played in Calabar), we were not quite satisfied that we scored only a goal against Namibia. This time around we want to take it to the next level by ensuring that we score more goals,” promised Keshi.
Keshi has won three of his nine matches since he took charge of the Super Eagles in November. He has drawn four and lost two with the Eagles not scoring more than two goals in any of these games.
In training ahead of this game, the team have adopted a shoot-at-sight approach as Keshi said after watching his players bomb goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim with goals that he was sure the goals will start flowing from this weekend.
“Once, we start scoring more than a goal there would be no stopping this team. Mark my words,” boasted Keshi, who is set to ring changes to his starting XI against Rwanda.
It will most certainly be a welcome change after both teams played out a goalless draw in Kigali in February.
Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, whose mistake caused Malawi to earn a 1-1 draw in Blantyre in a 2014 World Cup qualifier last weekend, has commended the commitment of the new players in the team, insisting that all the focus should now be on Saturday’s game.
Defender Godfrey Oboabona has predicted a big win against Rwanda.
“We are not boasting but we know we are a better team and we will show that on Saturday when we face Rwanda,” said the Sunshine Stars skipper.
Rwanda Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic aka Micho has also been talking tough ahead of this encounter.
“We are not tourists here on a sightseeing tour, we are here to win the ticket to the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series,” declared the Rwanda coach, whose team forced Benin Republic to a 1-1 draw at home in a World Cup qualifier last weekend.
France-based striker Elias Uzamukunda is a major doubt after he suffered a knee injury and could only play 25 minutes against Benin.
The overall winners of this match-up will advance to the final qualifying round of the 2013 AFCON between September and October prior to the tournament proper to be hosted by South Africa early next year.
MTNFootball.com will run a live commentary of the match from 4pm Nigeria time.