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Nigeria 'ready' for Kenya test

Nigeria's Osaze Odemwingie in action against Kenya
Osaze Odemwingie (r) says Nigeria can still make it to the World Cup

Nigeria are ready to pip Tunisia to the final World Cup qualifying spot in Group B of African qualifying.

That is the message from Super Eagles striker Osaze Odemwingie, who spoke to the BBC before the squad flew out for their crunch match with Kenya.

Nigeria need to beat the Harambee Stars and hope that Tunisia fail to beat Mozambique in Maputo if they are to make it to South Africa 2010.

"The mood is good," Odemwingie told the BBC's Fast Track programme.

"No-one who is in the camp has any major injuries and we know what's at stake for all of us now, so we are in a good state of mind."

He acknowledged that Nigeria are relying on Mozambique to do them a favour but said the team cannot worry about that match, which kicks-off at the same time.

"We will think about the possible result of Mozambique Tunisia - and they (Mozambique) haven't lost at home for a long time," Odemwingie said.

"But on the day itself against Kenya it will be a very difficult game, and we know our qualifying ticket lies in that stadium (in Nairobi).

"So I think we will forget everything and only after the final whistle of course we will wait for the other result.

"Now we are calculating but on the day of the game we will forget about everything and know that Kenya are not going to give us a victory easily."

And the Russia-based star repeated his call for the fans to give the Super Eagles their backing.

"They need to send us the positive energy that we need to deliver," he said.

"We need everyone to believe in us - that we will win and we will qualify."

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