By John EGBOKHAN
Ahead of next month’s FIFA playoff first leg match between the Super Eagles and the Walya Antelopes, the Nigeria Football Federation has said that it expects a win from the African champions in Addis Ababa.
In their most recent meeting at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the Eagles laboured to a 2-0 win over the East Africans at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 29, a victory that triggered subsequent wins over Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso.
The defeat of the Ethiopians marked the turning point for the Eagles and speaking on the upcoming duel in Addis Ababa, the Spokesman of the NFF, Ademola Olajire has told Sports Vanguard that Ethiopians would fall on their home soil.
“We are going to Ethiopia to win. We are not thinking of a draw because we know that we have a team that can take the Ethiopians down. The mindset is to win and we will do everything to ensure that we defeat them in Addis Ababa.
“Victory in Ethiopia will make the return leg a mere formality but we are not taking things for granted. When we win away, we will come home to finish the job with another victory. We are confident that the Eagles will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil”, Olajire added on the line from Kenya.
On Ethiopia’s plan to defeat the Eagles in Addis Ababa and fight for a draw in Nigeria, Olajire responded that “talk is cheap. The match is played on the field, not on the pages of newspapers.
We are not bothered with what they are saying because if you can recall, Malawi also said that they were coming for a win in Calabar in our last qualifier and you know what happened to them at the end of regulation time. They lost and I am sure that this same fate would befall the Ethiopians”.