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Play-Off: Do not underrate Ethiopia, Lawal, Amiesimaka warn Eagles

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By Solomon Nwoke

Ex-Internationals, Adokiye  Amiesimaka and Garba Lawal have charged the Super Eagles not to lose focus in the final stage of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier which pitched Nigeria against Ethiopia.

Reacting to the draws released Monday, the  ex- Eagles wingers shared the same opinions that Eagles should not underrate the Ethiopians as they could be a clog in the wheel of their (Eagles) to Brazil. They advised that Eagles should be professional and aim to win the two-legged encounter.

FIRING POWER... Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Sunday Mba puts Ivorian players in the firing range as he scored a brace in yesterday’s CAF African Nations Championship qualifier at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna.
FIRING POWER… Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Sunday Mba puts Ivorian players in the firing range as he scored a brace in yesterday’s CAF African Nations Championship qualifier at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna.

Said Lawal in a telephone chat Monday night, “Eagles should be focussed. There are no push-overs in African soccer anymore. Countries like Ethiopia, you never can tell, can be spoilers, they can be difficult playing with.

So we have to remain focussed, not underrating them because they too, want ton be at the World Cup.We saw what countries like Cape Verde did at the Afcon 2013 in South Africa and inn the World Cup qualifier before they were disqualified by FIFA, Ethiopia was also a hard nut  crack even though we beat them 2-0 on our way winning the African trophy The Eagles players have to give their 150 percent performance while the coaching crew have to take their responsibility and select the best, if they can remain committed and focused, I don’t think Ethiopia can stop Nigeria from going to Brazil for the World Cup”

In his submission, Barrister, Amiesimaka said, “Eagles should play purposefully to accumulate as many goals as possible.

“The Eagles should approach the game with all the seriousness they can muster. In fact, their target should be to annihilate Ethiopia. That will be the best approach. They have to adopt the attitude of the new Brazilian team, not losing concentration or focus and winning their matches”.

Amiesimaka, a former team manager of Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, urged the Eagles not to make the mistake of underrating the Ethiopians, because there were no more minnows in African football.

He said the present Eagles team have the potential to qualify for the Mundial and urged them to continue the fine run they started early this year, when they won the Africa Cup of Nations in January in South Africa.

Amiesimaka, however, urged the team to thread carefully, because any result was possible in football.

“In football, you do not underrate any team. Surprises are possible, though I do not see that in this game. I am confident our team has the professional attitude to carry the day,’’ he added.

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