Stand-in skipperof the Super Eagles, Vincent Enyeama says the team are prepared for the challenges they would face when Nigeria confront Ethiopia in a must win Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against the Walya Antelopes.
Enyeama was reacting to the promises made by Nigeria Football Federation, NFF boss, Aminu Maigari, who said the body will give the Super Eagles all the
support needed to come out of Addis Ababa with a win on Sunday.
The number one goalkeeper said the players are unfazed by the prospect of several odds in Addis Ababa, insisting they are professionals and ready to execute an assignment of high importance.
“We are used to such harsh situations and it is not going to be different in Addis Ababa. The match is our focus, and we are getting set to play what I will describe the match of our lives”, Enyeama said.
The NFF boss, Maigari earlier made this pledge in a brief address to the players after Wednesday evening’s training session at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja.
Describing Sunday’s encounter as ‘crucial and critical’, Maigari said the Nigeria Football Federation has absolute confidence in the ability of the African champions to overcome whatever odds are mounted by the Ethiopians on the day.
“Let me also say that the NFF, and indeed all Nigerians, appreciate your sense of patriotism, dedication and discipline. You are always ready for national service, and always committed to giving your best.
“On Sunday, we will require your very best to come out unscathed. Victory in Addis Ababa is crucial to our winning the ticket to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in a year that our great country will be celebrating its Centenary. Be assured that every Nigerian is praying for you and expecting victory,” Maigari said.
All 23 invited players sweated it out as Maigari, accompanied by NFF Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh, Director of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme and Assistant Director (Media), Ademola Olajire watched from the sidelines.
At the end of the training session, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, proprietor of Fariah Bottled Water company presented several cartons of bottled water to the appreciative players and officials of the team, urging the team to go all out and do Nigeria proud in Ethiopia on Sunday.