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Oboabona, Eagles take aim on Kenya

Nigeria defender, Godfrey Oboabona has told supersport.com that he is bracing up for next month's 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying against Kenya in Calabar.

Oboabona also wants the celebration of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph to be halted in order to allow the Super Eagles focus and prepare for their Kenyan counterparts, the Harambee Stars on March 23.

The 22-year-old is not taking the Harambee Stars for granted with the World Cup qualifying just a month away.

"It was really good winning the Africa Cup of Nations in my first attempt and returning home as one of the heroes of such a feat. The welcome party we received was massive and unforgettable, and I'm so happy to be a part of this historical team. But all I see now is more work for us in future with the World Cup qualifiers and Confederations Cup in the coming weeks and months.

"First my focus is on Kenya. Now we are champions of Africa and everyone will be out to beat us and we will not find any easy game any longer though we know we will get a lot of respect from our opponents. So the party is over and work starts for the game against Kenya.

"Underrate Kenya? No way are we going to do such. Our aim is to qualify for the World Cup in 2014 and the coach (Stephen Keshi) has told us how important that is. And by God's grace we will achieve that. But it will be a game at a time," said the Sunshine Stars' defender.

Oboabona played all of Nigeria's six matches at the Afcon in South Africa and is now looking forward to feature against world champions, Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June.

"I'm looking forward to the Confederations Cup by God's grace but the Kenyan game comes first," said Oboabona.

Nigeria currently top Group F of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification for Africa on four points ahead of Namibia, Malawi and Kenya in that order after two rounds of matches.


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