Super Eagles Team B will today battle Ethiopia at the Abuja National Stadium with a totally new team in a friendly aimed at tuning up both sides for the 2014 Africa Nations Championship, CHAN, which starts January 11 in South Africa.
With the exit of most players hitherto part of the squad, coach Stephen Keshi will have to rely on new recruits whom he said he has absolute belief in to deliver the goods at the CHAN tourney, with the Ethiopian friendly a good test.
“We have talents all over the country but we don’t have time enough to groom them but I’m sure that the ones that we have chosen will give a good account of themselves in South Africa”, Keshi said during the week.
He added that the players are naturally gifted but only need a little bit of self confidence while on the pitch. “That we have been trying to do, so that when we come out fighting everything is possible and nothing will be impossible”, he said.
With the exit of the likes of Godfrey Oboabona, Sunday Mba, Gabriel Reuben, Papa Idris, Juwon Oshaniwa and many others who started the battle with the national team as home based stars two years ago, Keshi has been forced to rely on new stars on the block and he insists they will not disappoint even as he quickly points out that the trophy should not be given to the Eagles just yet because of lack of experience.
Meanwhile coach of the Walya Ibex, Bishaw Sewnet has said they were not out for a revenge against the Super Eagles who knocked them out of a place at the 2014 World Cup.
Speaking exclusively to brilafm.net, Bishaw also added that they’re coming to Nigeria to play, insisting they’re under no pressure to beat the Eagles.
“There will be no problem for Nigeria and for us too, and when we play in Abuja, there will be no pressure on us,” he said.
The Ethiopians who are one of the 16 teams to converge on South Africa for the 3rd edition of the 2014 Championship, will be fielding the same team that lost out to the Eagles in the race for Brazil 2014, with the exception of just three players; Saladine Said, Getaneh Kebede, and Shemeles Bekele, who all play abroad, assistant press officer of the Ethiopian football federation, Girmachaw Bogale has confirmed.