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'Eagles will not be complacent in Calabar'

15 October 2013, 11:57

Abuja - The chairman of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Association, Chris Green, said on Monday the Super Eagles will not underrate the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia when they meet in Calabar.

Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-1 in Addis Ababa in first leg world cup play off on October 13.

Green told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone from Abuja that the Eagles would be focused to win the second leg of the qualifier against Ethiopia on November 16.

He said the Eagles handlers and players "know what is at stake and cannot afford to be complacent."

"If anybody tells you that it will be easy, then the person does not know what football is all about.

"Yes, we have an advantage, but we shouldn’t rest on our oars. We should make sure that we come here (Calabar) and beat them.

"Because, they will come here to attack, so we shouldn’t defend, we should also attack them and make sure that we score.

"Its not going to be a very easy match. We have to be focused and concentrate so seriously. And this time, it calls for real seriousness.

"We should not be complacent; we should not leave anything to chance; we shouldn’t underrate the players; we are not going to do that.

"That will be part of the mistake anybody will make, if we do underrate the players, we will pay dearly for it.

"I’m sure, Stephen Keshi is going to give 110 per cent for this one, and this is the last stage. Let us just get it done and get it off our way.

"But, again, we need to pray to God; we need to pray for luck; we need Nigerians too to pray for us. That is exactly what we need.’’

Green said Eagles players had much to gain playing in the world cup because it would improve their ratings and make them more marketable.

He urged Nigerians to pray for the team to qualify for the World Cup and do the nation and Africa proud at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Brazil.

He also said the match in Addis Ababa was very difficult and that experience made the difference for the Eagles.



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