By John EGBOKHAN
Ex-international Edema Fuludu has warned Super Eagles not to panic over the prospects of playing Ethiopia, insisting that the Nigerians have enough armoury to roll over the Walya Antelopes in the final playoffs round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The African champions travel to Addis Ababa for the first leg in the weekend of October 11-13 and return to Calabar for the second leg on November 16.
Nigerians have been divided over what to except from the Ethiopians, who dumped South Africa out of the Africa zone qualifying race and despite captivating the mind of fans of African football at the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, won by the Eagles, Fuludu remains sure that the Nigerians would have a walk-over the foes from East Africa.
Speaking to Sports Vanguard on phone, Fuludu said Keshi has proven overtime that he knows how to handle African oppositions and reckons that this native knowledge would be key to beating the Ethiopians, who gave the Eagles a run for the money when both teams clashed in a final group match at AFCON 2013, which Nigeria won 2-0.
“I have been reading and hearing a lot of stuff about the upcoming match against Ethiopia and I feel that Eagles and Nigeria should not panic over Ethiopia because we have enough quality to defeat them over two legs.
“Ethiopia are noted for their prowess in long distance racing and we are reputed for our soccer artistry and this is a football match we are talking about and from what I have seen from the Eagles, I see them qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil.
“But if they start panicking based on what people are saying about Ethiopia, I feel that could be dangerous. They should stay calm and continue playing well for their respective clubs and look forward to an easy win over the Ethiopians”, added Fuludu.