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Eagles strategise for Ethiopia return leg

15 October 2013, 10:53

Abuja - The Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, has said that the Eagles are taking their second-leg match with Ethiopia on November 16 in Calabar seriously.

"We will play as if the first leg has not taken place,’’ said Keshi, who spoke with newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Monday on arrival from Addis Ababa.

The Super Eagles, in Addis Ababa on Sunday, defeated the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia 1-2 in the first leg of Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

The second leg is scheduled for November 16 in Calabar.

Keshi said the home-based Super Eagles are expected to open the team’s camp at the end of the month and that the foreign-based players will join later.

He said the Ethiopians gave the Eagles good run for their money but that the experience of the Eagles, the African champions, gave them the day.

Kehsi’s assistant, Daniel Amokachi, told NAN that the technical crew had drawn-up a plan for the return leg.

According to Amokachi, the Eagles stand a better chance of winning the return, considering the absence of altitude challenge which the team experienced in Ethiopia.

"When it comes to striking force we know we have, probably, the best in the world because every member of the team can upset any team.

"Unfortunately, some of the players didn’t clique because of the weather but thank God we won 2-1," Amokachi said.

Amokachi, popularly called 'the bull' during his playing days, said he was tensed during Sunday’s encounter with Ethiopia.

"It is normal in football because you have to be tense even before the blast of the whistle.

"But when you play against a team like the Ethiopians, definitely you will be a bit nervous; thank God that we recovered from the one goal to score two goals in less than 20 minutes.

"We now have one foot in Brazil, but we will have to wait for the outcome of the return-leg in Calabar before we can celebrate,’’ Amokachi said.



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