Member, Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Paul Bassey has allayed fears over the possibility of Nigeria’s Super Eagles facing a harsh weather when they take on the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in the first leg of the World Cup final qualifying series on Sunday.
The Confederation of Africa Football, CAF member, who was speaking during a programme monitored in Lagos on Tuesday, said that the weather may be harsh in Ethiopia, but not such that could cast doubts in the minds of Nigerians.
“It would have been better if the team could train there for at least two weeks before the match, but since that is not possible, we can get there on Friday night, train fully on Saturday and play on Sunday.
“The Eagles have played and won in Kenya before so playing Ethiopia shouldn’t be a problem for them because the country has great talents in the squad” he said.
Bassey also expressed belief in the team, explaining that it is the desire of the Federation of International Football, FIFA to see Nigeria alongside other ‘great’ African footballing nations at the Mundial in Brazil next year.
“With due respect to Ethiopia, I don’t think Nigeria can lose to them. It is either the Eagles win narrowly or get a draw in Addis Ababa. After the tie, the return leg will be much easier in Calabar.
“But I believe that FIFA wants to see Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroun and Egypt in Brazil” he added.
Nigeria will on Sunday, 13 October, by 2pm (local time), take on Ethiopia in the first of a two-legged final tie to decide who qualifies for the 2014 World Cup billed to take place in Brazil.
By Ebenezer Osamo