Ben Iroha, former Nigerian international is very confident that the Flames of Malawi will not create any threat to the Super Eagles in the Brazil 2014 World Cup last qualifier encounter at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
The former Super Eagles left wing back, who gave the assurances in a chat with Daily SunSports in Abuja recently hinged his conviction on the current form of the Stephen Keshi-led boys, arguing that the impressive run of the team before and during the Confederations Cup in Brazil was no fluke.
Answering question about his fears over the possibility of Super Eagles picking the World Cup ticket after the last qualifier stage, Iroha said: “I’m not entertaining any fear because we are there already. Yes, I don’t want to sound too confident but I know that the boys have done very well so far.”
“It was no fluke that the team pulled excellent results against Kenya and Malawi. I am confident that next round qualifiers will not be a problem to us. We have no reason to entertain any fear in the final qualifier group match against Malawi because, apart from our home advantage, Keshi will not allow the boys to relax,” he noted.
The former Watford of England defender also spoke on the Super Eagles participation in the Confederations Cup, maintaining that the quality of the three group games they played were enough evidence that it was an impressive outing.
“Well, I know many would say we should not use the Confederations Cup outings to judge the form of the team, because we did not go there with our full squads. We also heard arguments that the tournament involved world best teams. But, I feel that they took the tournament serious.
“In our three matches, we outplayed the other teams. Though Spain scored the goals, we played the game. We would have levelled up in the first half or even beat them, but unfortunately, we were unlucky. It did not take out the fact that we had a good outing. I am very impressed with them,” he quipped.
The former Eagles reliable left full back also joined the lingering debate concerning code of conduct for Super Eagles, emphasising that Keshi has the final say.
“If it is necessary they should sign code of conduct, they should do so. The most important thing is for the coach to approve it. If Keshi says it is okay for him and it will not distract his team, it is also okay by me,” he noted.