Kenya coach Adel Amrouche has declared that Nigeria’s have big names for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier while he only boasts of two stars.
“We are not here to shock Nigeria, but to play football. Nigeria have big names while my team have just two playing in top teams, Victor Wanyama (Celtic) and Dennis Oliech (Ajaccio), the rest play in second division clubs,” said the Algerian handler.
“I have not spent much time with the team. We will play football and see what happens. Nigeria are a big team, champions, it’s not every time we play champions.”
The coach revealed that he has followed Nigerian football particularly the Golden Generation of 1994 led by the likes of Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha.
“I know about Okocha, he is from a different world. The 1994 squad under (Clemens) Westerhof were good. I know Tijjani Babangida, (Daniel) Amokachi, Rashidi Yekini. I know Kanu,” he recalled.
“Mikel and Victor Moses are good players in the present team.”
He said he would rather hold back his verdict on the quality of players from the Nigeria league until they have fully established themselves on the international scene.
“I cannot assess them now because they just played three games, may be when they play like 15 games, I can talk on their qualities,” he remarked.
Kenya are rooted to the bottom of Group F with a point with Nigeria top of the standings on four points. Namibia have recorded three points and Malawi are on two points.