Abuja - Paul Hamilton, a former coach of the Super Falcons, warned Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi not to allow distraction to hamper his success with the senior national team.
Hamilton, commenting on the upcoming qualifier against Malawi in Calabar, says that Keshi now needs more concentration than ever.
"Keshi has been successful so far in his quest to qualify Nigeria for the World Cup and so should not allow for distraction at this crucial hour.
"By now, Keshi should have overcome the issue raised by Malawi citing insecurity in Calabar and remain focused because the match will decide Nigeria's chances for the last round of the qualifier. He should try and focus on winning this match, that’s my opinion.
"It’s purely mind games to distract him from concentrating on the job at hand. The Malawians knew that Keshi has not lost at that venue before and so was trying every means to detract Keshi from concentrating,’’ he said.
He also called on Nigerians to give their support to the Eagles to ensure qualification. Nigeria, topping Group F with nine points, needs a draw to qualify for the last round of the qualifier.
The Flames of Malawi, however, need to win the match to qualify for the final elimination round. The Flames are expected to arrive in Nigeria on September 5.