Abuja - The head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, on Friday said the
players needed total concentration and presence of mind in Saturday’s
World Cup qualifier match against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia.
The match, scheduled for the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, is the
second leg, final round qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be
hosted by Brazil.
Keshi, in a statement issued by the Eagles Media Officer, Ben Alaiya,
said the players needed to concentrate at all times to enhance their
chances of winning the encounter.
The statement urged the players to play the Ethiopians as if they had never met before on the field of play.
``In fact, they should play as if they don’t know them. All they need
is to win and they must win well," Keshi was quoted as saying.
It said Keshi expressed optimism that the Eagles
would win Saturday’s game in spite of the fact that the Ethiopians had
not lost any game away from home turf.
``We have also not lost any game away and we are the champions of
Africa. We must be ready at all times for any opposition. That is what
we are set to do on Saturday.”
The team’s captain, Vincent Enyeama, was also quoted as saying that
no team at this stage can deny the country the World Cup ticket.
``We are hundred per cent fit and there is no way any team can deny us the World Cup ticket at this point in time.
``We may have made mistakes along the line, but the focus is total
and we will get what we and Nigerians desire against Ethiopia," he said.
Meanwhile, Nwankwo Kanu, former Super Eagles Captain and Nigerian
music star, Dare Alade, paid surprise visit to the team while training
Nollywood stars were also not left out at Friday’s training as Osita
Iheme, popularly known as Aki, was on hand to give the Eagles support.
The statement said Iheme and Kanu boarded the Eagles bus with all the
players and officials to give the team moral support.