The Super Eagles of Nigeria could become the first team in Africa to qualify for the final round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil if they win in Namibia and Malawi fail to record victory at home to Kenya. Both matches are to be played on Wednesday.
The African champions enter match day 5 with eight points, Malawi have six, Namibia four and Kenya two and only the group winners advance to the two-leg play-offs.
Victory in Windhoek on Wednesday means Nigeria have secured 11 points as a draw from the Malawi-Kenya game will see Eagles through to the final round of the qualifier; so also a Malawi loss.
After the Namibia game, Stephen Keshi and his boys will travel across the Atlantic to the Confederations Cup in a hectic June schedule that will have them play Tahiti, Uruguay and Spain, with two further fixtures if they finish one of the top-two teams of Group B in the world cup dress-rehearsal.
Cafonline.com reports that Keshi, already aware of the permutations, will stick to the bold three-man attack which worked against Kenya last week, in tomorrow’s clash.
“The 4-3-3 system in Kenya worked well for us there is no need to change,” Keshi told reporters in Windhoek.
“Our focus is on defeating Namibia and not the Confederations Cup.”
In another development, Namibia’s senior national team coach, Roger Palmgren resigned on Monday after revealing an unspecified death threat on him and his family.
Assistant coaches, Ricardo Mannetti and Ronnie Kanalelo will take charge of Wednesday’s fixture