Lagos – Stephen Keshi paid tribute to his players after Wednesday’s victory over Kenya enhanced their chances of qualifying for next year’s Fifa World Cup.
Nigeria secured an important 1 - 0 win over the hosts at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani where a late goal by Musa Ahmed secured three points for the reigning African champions.
“I am not going to single out any player for praise. This important victory is a result of teamwork. Everyone played their part and at the end, we are happy to have the three points,” said Keshi after the win.
“This was an important win for us because Kenya are a good side and they were playing at home. The win gives us a great advantage now that Malawi and Namibia drew on Wednesday as well.”
Malawi drew 0 - 0 at home to Namibia in the day's other Group F qualifier in Blantyre. Malawi were level on five points with Nigeria at the start of the day but lost ground after their third draw in four qualifiers.
Kenya, winless during the campaign, prop up the group on two points, while Namibia remain third with four points.
Wednesday’s fixtures were brought forward due to Nigeria's involvement in the FIFA Confederations Cup, which gets under way in Brazil on 15 June.
Nigeria are in the same group as world champions Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti.
- CAJ News