Super Eagles handler, Stephen Keshi, has accused Malawi of plotting to distract Nigeria ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying tie on September 7 in Calabar.
Keshi was responding to the Football Association of Malawi’s (FAM) petition to FIFA to shift the venue of the encounter from Calabar to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on the basis of insecurity.
“I think it is very clear what they (Malawi) have been trying to do,” Eagles’ local media officer, Friday, quoted Keshi as saying.
“All they want is to distract us but their plan has failed and we on our own part have vowed to do the talking on the pitch, with a convincing victory in Calabar.
“Calabar is a very secured place to play football, with nice environment and I was shocked that they could say that it was a security risk.
“The only thing we want to do now is to ensure that they are roundly beaten, so that they can learn to work harder and talk less.”
Nigeria leads Group F with nine points and needs a draw against the Flames of Malawi (second on nine points) to proceed to the play-off round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.