Super Eagles Primed For World Cup Battle Against Ethiopia

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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi said on Friday in Abuja there were no injury worries after the team rounded off its training before heading to Addis Ababa.

The team is scheduled to leave Abuja on Saturday morning for Sunday’s match against Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes.

The match,  the first leg game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final elimination play-offs, is scheduled for Addis Ababa, with the return leg on Nov. 16 in Calabar.

Keshi told newsmen the team was in high spirits ahead of the game, and expressed happiness that none of the players in camp was nursing injury.

“Thank God we have concluded our training successfully here in Abuja. The remaining job will be completed in Addis Ababa on Saturday and Sunday,’’ he said.

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, the team captain, urged Nigerians to pray for the team.

He said the match in Addis Ababa could be the decider for both teams, even though he was sure the Eagles would emerge from the encounter victorious.

“We just had our final training session and I guess that is what we really need to do, to keep training and keep working hard for the game in Ethiopia,” the Eagles keeper said.

“It is a very important game for us and we know it will be tough, but we are aware of what is at stake and we want to be there in Brazil,’’ Enyeama said.

Emmanuel Emenike, a Super Eagles striker, said the Eagles were a better side, even though the Walya Antelopes were a good side.

“The Ethiopians must be a good team to have got to this stage. So, it is not going to be an easy game,” he said.

“But we promise to give our best, and attack them from start to finish. We will be punished if we sit back and allow them dictate the pace of the game,’’ he said.

Eagles’ camp had opened on Oct. 6 in Abuja, for a four-day training session at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, which ended on Friday.

Friday’s training gave team head coach Stephen Keshi the opportunity to test his possible starting line-up as all 23 invited players struggled for first team shirts.

The Super Eagles are expected to depart for Ethiopia Saturday morning through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja in a chartered flight