Chelsea star Mikel Obi has said they ‘We have decided not to do too much talking but we have the capacity to beat any team in the world.’
This is coming after Kenyan footballer and defensive midfielder for Scottish Premier League side Celtic, Victor Wanyama, said Kenya can stun Nigeria in Calabar this weekend when the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa resume.
“The players are ready, there is a lot of mental strength among them and we are hopeful of a favourable result against Nigeria,” Wanyama, 21, told Kenyan reporters.
Wanyama added, “Everything is possible in football and Kenya can win in Nigeria — it is time the Harambee Stars moved forward in international football.”
However, Mikel declared on Wednesday: “We have decided not to do too much talking but we have the capacity to beat any team in the world and we heard what our opponents have been saying, but by Saturday we will know who are the better side.”
African champions Nigeria lead Group F on four points from two matches, while Kenya are bottom of the standings on a point.
Striker Obafemi Martins said the team are confident going into this match.
“There is no small team anywhere in the world, but we will give our best against Kenya and hopefully we can win”, Martins said.
While Mikel trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday, Martins started training with rest of the squad on Wednesday and his impact was immediate, going by his quickness on the ball and general concentration throughout.
The team had to shift its training schedule to 4:15pm following the hosting of the team by Governor Liyel Imoke on Wednesday afternoon.