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Super Eagles land in Rustenburg

28 January 2013, 14:36

Rustenburg - Ahead of their make-or-mar clash with Ethiopia, the Super Eagles arrived on Sunday in Rustenburg, venue of their last group C match, from Nelspruit.

It was gathered that since arriving in the city, the Eagles have had to carefully watch the video tapes of matches involving the Ethiopians.

According to the team’s media officer, Ben Alaiya, the players are in high spirits and have decided to put in everything to ensure a good result against Ethiopia on Tuesday.

"We are not looking at the result of the other match in our group, but we have decided to put our destiny in our hands and score as many goals as possible, to make irrelevant, whatever the result of Zambia’s match will be," Alaiya told PANA on phone.

The team’s camp has been shut against visitors. This is to allow for total concentration. Only former skippers, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu, were allowed into the camp.

Also, one of the heroes of Nigeria’s first victory at the African Nations Cup, Segun Odegbami, made a surprise visit to the team, motivating the players and telling them to be focused.

Alaiya also said that the team was aware of CAF’s tie-breaking rules which may be applied in Group C in the event of a tie on points by Nigeria and Zambia.

The team also held a meeting to discuss the importance of the match with Ethiopia, noting that the East Africans still have a chance of advancing, no matter how remote it may look.

He said that the Super Eagles would be expecting stiff resistance from the Ethiopians who had battled the defending champions, Zambia, to a 1-1 draw in their first match.

They, however, surprisingly caving in to give Burkina Faso their first win in over a decade in the African Nations Cup.

On arrival in Rustenburg, the Eagles had a feel of the alluring turf of the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, the venue of Tuesday’s crunch encounter.

"The pitch is far better than the bumpy ground of the Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, where the Super Eagles played their first two games," the officials said.

He adds: "It is therefore expected that they will put up a better show than they had done before."



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