By Tony Ubani
As the zero hour approaches swiftly for the first leg World Cup play-off between Ethiopia and Nigeria on Sunday, former Super Eagles coach, Chairman Christian Chukwu has advised the Super Eagles players to play down on the fear of altitude in Addis Ababa and instead concentrate on their attitude to the game.
“It is going to be a tough game. The Ethiopians have improved tremendously and should not be undermined. I’m happy with the response of our players to coming to camp early. Let them not look down on Ethiopia. For the fact that they topped their group is enough reason to tell you that they have something to offer”, Chukwu said on our hotline yesterday.
The former skipper of the Eagles who lifted the Nations Cup in 1980, however, cautioned the Eagles not to pay so much attention to the fear of altitude. “They should not be afraid of altitude. They are all professional players. I’ll advise that they pay more attention to their attitude.
One on one, we have better players than Ethiopia. If its on coaching, our coach Stephen Keshi has a better pedigree. We’ve everything to beat them but we must be ready to fight. It is our attitude that will show the difference. The whole country is desirous of the world cup ticket and we should silence Ethiopia in their home. Afterall, we are African Champions”, Chukwu added.