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Away victory is crucial, coach urges Eagles

07 October 2013, 20:10

 Lagos - Festus Allen, a former 3SC Coach, on Monday in Lagos charged the Super Eagles to defeat Ethiopia at home to avoid undue anxiety in the second leg at Calabar.

Allen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that an away victory was crucial to the country’s qualification for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

NAN recalls that the Super Eagles will on Oct. 13 play Ethiopia in a FIFA World Cup play-off in Addis Ababa.

Allen said that the victory would relieve the team of the tension that might arise in the second leg in Calabar.

"The Super Eagles should go for the `kill’ in Addis Ababa to avoid unnecessary pressure in the second leg at home.

"If we can defeat Ethiopia on their own soil, definitely the second leg will be easy for the team to execute,’’ he said.

He urged the team not to underrate their opponents, adding that the Ethiopians were not underdogs for reaching this stage of the qualifiers.

"Getting to this stage shows that the Ethiopians are not underdogs when it comes to football in Africa.

"Our boys should not underrate their opponents and they should play the match with all seriousness,’’ he said.



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