Nigeria will hope to get their 2014 World Cup quest back on track with a result against hosts Kenya?on Wednesday?after a stumble against the same team in March.
Kenya stunned the Africa champions with a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Calabar and the Super Eagles must now at least avoid defeat to stay on course on the road to Brazil 2014.?
The Super Eagles lead Group F with five points from three matches, same as closest rivals Malawi, who also host third-placed Namibia?on Wednesday.?
The Harambee Stars of Kenya are bottom of the standings with two points.?
Nigeria are yet to lose to Kenya in 14 meetings with Nigeria winning 11 games and drawing three including the last game in Calabar.?
The last time both teams clashed in Kenya was in a 2010 World Cup qualifier where Nigeria won 3-2 with Obafemi Martins scoring a brace and Yakubu Aiyegbeni also on target.?
Nigeria will be missing 2013 Nations Cup heroes Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses as well as Kalu Uche due to injury, but the core of the team that won the AFCON is still available for the game.?
The Kenyans have grown in confidence after they drew 1-1 with Nigeria in the first leg and they will be counting on the likes of Celtic star Victor Wanyama.?
Ajaccio striker Dennis Oliech will miss this encounter as a result of accumulation of bookings, while Italy-based MacDonald Mariga will miss the game after surgery on his injured knee.?
Algerian coach Adel Amrouche will also watch this game from the stands after he was sent off in Nigeria.?
Efe Ambrose, who won a league and cup double with Celtic in Scotland in the just concluded season, said that this is an important game and they wish to win their first away game in the qualifying series.?
“We are ready for the match, we know how important this game is to our ambitions of playing at the World Cup, we are physically and mentally ready. We will play for victory. We will put in our best and believe God will crown our effort with victory,? said the defender.?
Varese of Italy forward Nnamdi Oduamadi, who scored a face-saving goal against Kenya in Calabar, said he hopes to score this time in an Eagles victory.?
“The first leg result is in the past now, all on my mind is how to win the second leg. We have been working ahead of the game and I am looking forward to score again but this time in a victory for us,” Oduamadi said?
Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu, who incidentally also handled the Harambee Stars, said an early goal will set the tone for a Nigeria win in Nairobi.?
He also said the Eagles experience could beat the home team.?
“It is an important game in Nigeria?s World Cup ambition and the players are aware of this. I will advise them to go all out to beat Kenya,? urged Chukwu.?
?What will do the magic for Eagles in this game is the experience on our side, our team have experienced players more than the Kenyans.”?
Kick-off time is?2pm?Nigerian time.

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