Ethiopia will fall in Addis Ababa, Eagles assure Nigerians

PLAYERS and officials of the Super Eagles Tuesday assured Nigerians that they are all focused on the task of securing the Brazil 2014 World Cup ticket despite the challenge posed by Ethiopia.
The team began full training yesterday for the October 13 first leg final qualifying game against the Walya Antelopes in Addis Ababa.
Super Eagles chief coach, Stephen Keshi, who led 18 players to training Tuesday at the refurbished Abuja National Stadium, was confident of the team’s fitness, assuring that the players were prepared and mentally ready for the match.
The players who trained on Tuesday evening included stand-in skipper, Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim all goalkeepers. Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echiejile, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis and James Okuosa were the defenders in training. John Mikel Obi led from the middle that included Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Sunday Mba and Nnamdi Oduamadi, while the strikers in the session were Uchenna Nwofor, Obinna Nsofor and Ahmed Musa.
Keshi revealed that five of the players, including Emmanuel Emenike, Shola Ameobi, Ahmed Musa, Nosa Igiebor, and Victor Moses were yet to join their colleagues in camp, but he assured that they would all arrive last night, except Nosa Igiebor, who is expected today.
“I am happy with the form and fitness of the players’ in Wednesday’s training. We hope to remain so until Sunday when we will go for the ticket in Addis Ababa,” Keshi said.
Also speaking, team captain, Vincent Enyeama and defender, Efe Ambrose, assured that the team would aim at nothing but a clear win in Ethiopia.
They stressed that the importance, which both the players and Nigerians has attached to the ticket, has made it very important for the players to go all out for a win in Ethiopia.
“We are working hard for the game because we know that it is going to be a very difficult one. I guess it is the most important game of the year and we really know what is at stake and we need the ticket because we all want to be there in Brazil.
“We do not have an excuse to give, no altitude, nothing, we just have to prepare hard and go for the ticket in Ethiopia. That is our ultimate ambition now and we pray God to help us actualise this. We know it is not going to come on a platter of gold, so we are not going to relax, we really have to work hard for it,” Enyeama said.