Eagles’ll Be Ruthless With Ethiopia, Says NFF Boss

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari has
stated that the Super Eagles will play with their hearts when they
confront Ethiopia on Saturday in their 2014 FIFA World Cup final
qualifying match, not thinking of the result of the first leg in Addis Ababa last month.
Two second half goals from Emmanuel Emenike steered the African
champions to a 2-1 win, and looks to have rendered the return match in Calabar on Saturday an easier session.
But Maigari said: “It is not good for us to start thinking of the
return leg match as a formality. Irrespective of the result of the
first leg, we take this match in Calabar on Saturday very serious.
“As far as the NFF is concerned, it is not over until it is over. We
have faith in our African champions that they will deliver, but we
have also secured assurances from them that they will play with their
hearts.”
Nigeria expect to reach their fifth FIFA World Cup finals by
overcoming the Walya Antelopes and picking one of Africa’s five
tickets to Brazil.
The Super Eagles reached the Round of 16 at the finals in 1994 and
1998, but crashed out at group stage in 2002 and 2010. Maigari says
once secured, the focus of the NFF will shift to achieving a best-ever outing at the global showpiece come next summer in Brazil.
“We are almost at the tape for the ticket, so once that shoe is behind us, we will plan for how to positively stun the football world in Brazil. We have the players that can do it, and they also have the passion. It is important for us to do very well in Brazil because the finals come in the same year as we’re celebrating our great nation’s Centenary.”


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