Newly appointed Kenya coach Adel Amrouche has said he was not afraid to face AFCON champions Nigeria in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 23.
Kenya are bottom of Group F with one point, three points behind table-topping Nigeria.
But Amrouche has insisted playing Nigeria is like playing any other country and that against the likes of Nigeria, the motivation is normally there whether it’s a qualification game or not.
”As I coach I don’t fear Nigeria although I know they are a good team. As a team we must have belief in ourselves and work hard on winning matches without getting worried of the opposition,” he said
Speaking about the demand for results by most fans, the former Burundi coach said it is the case everywhere.
“This is a problem not only in Kenya, but also in the continent. Don’t believe and rely always on what people say, when you don’t work with passion you cannot achieve results,” he offered.
On Wednesday, Amrouche named a provisional squad of 30 locally based players who are expected to start training next week.
Among those on the squad is Sofapaka captain James Situma, who missed the recent friendly away in Libya.
The Full Squad:
Goalkeepers:Duncan Ochieng, Boniface Oluoch, Fredrick Onyango
Defenders: Edwin Wafula, James Situma, Abdalla Juma, Collins Kisuya, Abdulatif Omar, David Owino, David Ochieng, Eugene Asike, James Mulinge, Crispin Odula
Midfielders: Anthony Akumu, Anthony Kimani (Sofapaka), Peter Opiyo, Daniel Onyango, Kevin Omondi, Bob Mugalia, Francis Kahata, Paul Were
Strikers: Jesse Were, Rama Salim, Paul Mungai, Michael Olunga, Allan Wanga, Mohamed Hassan