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'Super Eagles will qualify'

13 September 2013, 08:40

Abuja - The chairman of Port Harcourt city local government area, Chimbiko Akarolo, said on Thursday that the Super Eagles' form would see them win the play off and qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Akarolo said in Port Harcourt that the team had improved since winning the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa early in the year.

The chairman said the Stephen Keshi-led team had been fantastic but would still need to improve in some areas.

"I want to first of all congratulate the Keshi-led team. They have been fantastic. It simply means that all parts of the department have improved.

"They may not have improved 100 per cent, but there are areas that have improved tremendously and to me, that is a good thing.

"Let me say that all the teams that have qualified are not weak teams; but I can re-assure Nigerians that no matter the team that we meet, we will definitely take the day."

Akarolo urged the Eagles to remain focused in the build up to the play off.

He also urged the Nigeria Football Federation to organise more friendly matches for the team, as part of preparations for the play off.

"I think the time for experiment is over (sic). Let the NFA (sic) arrange more international friendly matches for the Eagles now to prepare them for the play off.''

He urged Keshi to keep the current crop of players together saying, "I believe that with adequate preparation, the team will go places.

"We will be glad to mobilise people to go to Calabar and watch the match if tickets are made available to us in good time."



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