KENYA TO TASTE THE FIRE POWER OF AFCON CHAMPIONS: As Martins Replaces Injured Emenike At the Brazil 2014 World Cup Qualifier in Calabar

That's a super replacement - Obafemi martins may not play the bullish style of injured Emmanuel Emenike, who bulldozes pass defenders with such tenacity, but he sure has more speed and arguably more nag for goals. When you consider the speed and mobility rate of players in the current Super Eagles team- Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye, Sunday Mba... Martins seem the best fit that could compliment their rate of play.

Martins was in great form for his former Spanish La' liga side, Levante, where he had already scored a total of 16 goals this season, before he got transferred to Seattle. Stephen Keshi, Chief coach of Nigeria national team, extended invitations to him with the hope that he would translate that same form into Saturday March 23 World cup qualifier at UJ Esuene stadium Calabar.

There will be no hiding place; the Harambe stars of Kenya will surely taste the fire power of the current Champions of African cup of nations (AfCON). I guess Keshi want to continue with the winning team and perhaps, improve on the weak links. Apart from dropping fringe players like Captain Joseph Yobo, Ikechukwu Uche, Obiora Nwankwo, Efe Ambrose and injured Emmanuel Emenike, other key players are intact. Vincent Enyema, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Elderson Echiejiene, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, Brown Ideye... will be joining the 9 home based players selected for the encounter in Calabar.

UJ Esuene stadium Calabar is gradually becoming a roosting ground for the Super Eagles. The last time the national team played at the stadium in an AFCON qualifier against Lone Stars of Liberia. It was a goal feast for the Super Eagles - Nigeria won by 5 - 1. The team is hoping to enjoy such favor again.

Super Eagles will be officially present the AFCON trophy to Governor Imoke and people of Cross River State. The state will be appreciating them after the match with Kenya and Super Eagles wouldn't want to spoil the party. A good victory against the Harambe Stars will be icing of the cake.

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