Lagos - Analysts are excited over the play-off draw for the 2014 World Cup, which paired Nigeria with Ethiopia.
Nigeria were drawn to face the East Africans in the play-off for the tournament scheduled for Brazil.
Football critics were unanimous the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia would be no match for a Super Eagles team that has featured regularly in the tournament.
Emeka Uzor, a sport analyst, said, "This draw clearly favours Nigeria. One can see that our boys have been in form for a long time now. Coach Stephen Keshi has worked hard to ensure the team performs. I believe that Ethiopia will simply just be a walk in the park," he said.
A sports journalist, Taiwo Adelu, pinned his hopes on the Super Eagles current form but warned against complacency.
Ethiopia will play at the penultimate stage of the qualifiers for the first time. "In my opinion, no country is a write off. We cannot just right off Ethiopia. In football, anything can happen. What I believe that the Super Eagles should do is to remain in their current form and take the match serious. I believe we will go through but we also need to work hard to avoid mistakes," Adelu said.
Former coach of the national team, Christian Chukwu, urged the team to prepare adequately for the double-header against the Ethiopians.
"It is a good fixture. Our preparation has been going on well and we should continue like this until we get to Brazil. We need to add one or two friendlies with countries that have altitude like Ethiopia. Kenya has the same climate, so it could be good,” Chukwu said.
The first leg matches will be played on October 11 while the second leg will be played between November 15 and 19.
The Super Eagles will travel to Addis Ababa for the first leg while the return leg will be played in Nigeria.
Meanwhile other games will feature Ivory Coast and Senegal while Ghana will face Egypt.
Tunisia were drawn against Cameroon.
The other match pits Algeria and Burkina Faso.
– CAJ News