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Minister warns Eagles against complacency

18 September 2013, 09:42

Abuja - Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi on Tuesday in Abuja warned the Super Eagles against being complacent when they take on Ethiopia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Play-off.

Abdullahi  told newsmen he was delighted with the draw and would have been a bit worried if the Super Eagles were drawn against another "stronger’’ opposition.

He however warned that being pitched against Ethiopia did not mean Nigeria could go to sleep.

"They (Ethiopia) are actually potentially more dangerous than drawing a top country, because there is a likely tendency of our team getting complacent and when you do, you get punished.

"I think the lesson for us here is not to get complacent, but to treat the Ethiopia game as if it is Brazil we have been drawn against,’’ the minister said.

Abdullahi said he was happy Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi had been re-echoing the same message to the players about the importance of the draw.

"So, we are not going to allow anyone take it for granted as an easy draw, because it is very important to us,’’ he said.

The two matches in the fixture against Ethiopia will be played in October and November.


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