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'Eagles have technical advantage in play-offs'

03 October 2013, 16:09

Abuja - Chimbiko Akarolo, the chairman of Port Harcourt city in the Local Government Area of Rivers says the Super Eagles will be technically superior to the Ethiopians when the two meet in the 2014 World Cup play off.

Akorolo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that although the Ethiopians had the strength and altitude advantage, the Eagles would overcome them with a superior technical advantage.

He said the first leg in Addis Ababa on Oct. 13, would be tough for the Eagles as the hosts would do everything within their power to win.

He urged Stephen Keshi to prepare his team psychologically for the encounter.

"In football, anything can happen. You can position your entire arsenal and, technically, at the end of the day, you lose.

"So, we must be prepared in mind and don’t take anything lightly. Don’t think that because they are Ethiopians, they are distant runners and can’t play football.

"These days, every nation plays good football.  People now harness all their talents, put them together and when it comes to Nigeria, everybody gets three times the strength to play Nigeria.

"Because, every time they beat Nigeria, their ranking increases.  And so, Nigeria should not just go there and think that they are all distant runners, we will be making that mistake.

"And, I can assure you that it will be difficult for us playing them away. Don’t forget their heights, they have height advantage and all that, and they have stamina as well.

"So, I think that at the end of the day, we will make it because when it comes to technicalities, we are better off, but we should not take them lightly.``

Akarolo also urged the team to be focused in the task ahead, saying that it had the potential to win the two-legged encounter.

The local government chairman also urged Nigerians to pray for the Super Eagles to emerge victorious to feature in the global football fiesta.



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