The Nigerian Football Association has cautioned the Super Eagles not to be carried away by Wednesday’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers victory over the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Nairobi.
An 81st minute strike by CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa ensured the Super Eagles the all-important three points and reaffirmed their bragging rights at the top of Group F, while Malawi drew 0-0 at home with Namibia.
Before the match, Nigeria and Malawi were leveled on 5 points, but the Super Eagles ended up top dog because of their superior goal difference.
Wednesday’s results implies that Malawi remains second with six points, having recorded their third draws in four matches, Namibia ranks third on four points and Kenya drowned at the bottom of the log.
Malawi, being Nigeria’s closest contenders, will have to win their last two games, one of which is the Super Eagles’ final World Cup qualifying series match in Abuja.
On June 12 (next Wednesday) the Super Eagles travel to Windhoek for another crucial encounter with the Namibians, victory in that fixture will go a long way to boost Nigeria’s hope of making it to Brazil 2014.
NFA’s Director of Competition Mohammed Sanusi told NAN in Abuja that the fight isn’t over yet as there are more hurdles to cross, hence, this is not the time for celebration.
“The team should not celebrate yet as there are more hurdles to cross before the country’s World Cup ticket will be secured.
“It is not over until it is over. In football anything can happen any time.
“While we are celebrating the victory, they should not forget that we have a very crucial match that is going to be the decider.
“So we should put the victory at the back of our mind focus on the match against Namibia. We are not there until we get there.
Sanusi also took time to appreciate the coach Stephen Keshi-led Eagles for their commitment and thanked Nigerians for their supports, while expressing his delight with the outcome of the June 5 match.
“However we are happy with the victory. Now we know that we are very much on course to qualify for the World Cup.
“The boys have done well and we thank Nigerians for their prayers.
“I was seriously tensed when the match was at 0-0 but was happy when it ended in our (Nigerians) favour and Malawi ended their encounter 0-0 against Namibia.”