The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it was confident the Super Eagles would beat Ethiopia to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.
NFF’s Assistant Technical Director, James Peters, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that the team would be in Brazil in 2014 after overcoming Ethiopia.
“We have a 100 per cent chance of advancing and qualifying, because in Africa today no team can overcome or subdue us. It may be in another five years to come, but certainly not now. But between now and five years, there is no African country that can bring us down.’’
“Yes, there are teams that you will want to face and say anything can happen. But, with Ethiopia, nothing can happen. We will just advance, because there is no upset with Ethiopia,’’ he said.
Peters, added: “Though the technical crew has been doing what it ought to do very well, what it just needs to do now is to concentrate and make sure it doesn’t get distracted at this stage. This is because the last stage is always the most fragile stage when the chances we have can just slip away from our fingers.’’
“The pairing of Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire is a dangerous one, because it was during one of the qualifying series that mayhem was let loose in Senegal. The problem started when Cote d’Ivoire scored against the Senegalese in their home in Dakar to equalise. Now again, they have been paired together. I do know that this will rekindle and re-ignite the fire between the two teams.’’
“The Egypt/Ghana pairing is an old rivalry, because North Africa and West Africa have always engaged in a tug-of-war. Besides, Ghana will want to subdue Egypt with strength and power but the Egyptians are very tricky.
“For Cameroon and Tunisia, it is a dicey issue, because Cameroon is just coming back from their sick bed. So, they will have to pour water on the Tunisians’ head to subdue their pressure, and do something tactical because Tunisia is a strong side. All in all, we are looking forward to an interesting performance in the final play-off from all the teams involved.