Two-time African Footballer of the Year Kanu Nwankwo has urged the Super Eagles to remain committed and focused in their bid to hand Nigeria her fifth Fifa World Cup ticket.
The African champion saw off Malawi 2-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, to reach the Confederation of African Football (Caf) playoff round of the of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers.
Ten teams will contest for the five tickets available to the continent in a two-team two-legged faceoff, which begins October and ends November.
Kanu, who was speaking in a chat with newsmen in Calabar, noted that there is still room for improvement after watching the final Group F encounter. He added that they should be prepared to face any of the nine teams that have scaled the group stage.
“They did very well. They executed the game the way the coach wanted them,” he said.
“We know we need a draw or a win. But we know it’s going to be difficult, first 15, 20 minutes, they didn’t want to play football.
“Immediately we scored one, the game was opened, you can see, we can play. So, for me they did what they asked of them.
“It’s going to be tough for you to come out from the group first, it means a lot.
“But, like I said, we only have to go and learn from our mistakes from this game and then look forward.
“We don’t have to put all our minds on who, we are going to play. All we have to do is to believe.”
The former Super Eagles captain also expressed his satisfaction with the capabilities of the coach Stephen Keshi new look Eagles urging them to try and finish off the job on a high.