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Eagles get Obi boost for qualifiers

27 May 2013, 09:00Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - Nigeria received a major boost ahead of the 2014 World Cup matches with the availability of Chelsea Football Club's industrious midfielder, Mikel Obi.

Obi dispelled rumours he would not be available for the remaining qualifying matches against Kenya and Namibia, saying it was untrue he needed time to rest following a English Premiership break.

"I love to represent my country! I always love to turn out for my country. I wish to confirm that I will be in Kenya and Namibia for the World Cup qualifying games and also will be in Brazil for the Confederations Cup," Obi said.

Nigeria resume their qualification aspirations when they travel to Kenya for a crucial World Cup encounter scheduled for June 5.

It is a match the Super Eagles must win if they are to qualify for the finals in Brazil next year.

The last time the two nations met in March, Kenya held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw with Francis Kahata scoring for the Harambee Stars while the Super Eagles equalised in stoppage time through Nnamdi Oduamadi.

Kenya have a mathematical chance of qualifying if they beat Nigeria in Nairobi before wrapping up their campaign against Namibia.

- CAJ News


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