6th July, 2012
By Adebobola Alawode & Bimbo Ajayi
Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association, LFA, Borsay Yanqueh, has told Nigeria’s Super Eagles to shelve their bid of going to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place in South Africa.
The Eagles were drawn against the Lone Star of Liberia in yesterday’s draws for the final round of the Nations Cup qualifying series held in Johannesburg. It was conducted by the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
The Eagles will travel to Monrovia on the weekend of 7-9 September to face the Lone Star of Liberia, while the reverse fixture holds between 12-14 October.
Speaking on Brila FM from Monrovia early today, the LFA scribe said the Liberian side are ready to stop the Eagles, as they are familiar with the Nigerian team.
“We are happy that we are drawn against Nigeria in the final round of the qualifiers. We know the Super Eagles very well. I think Nigeria should forget the dream of going to South Africa because we will beat them,” boasted Yanqueh.
He said: “We feel sorry for Nigeria because they will have to face us in September before they can qualify for the Nations Cup, which will be very difficult because we want to play in the Nations Cup as well. Our players are good and are determined to beat Nigeria, Liberia must qualify for the competition.”
Meanwhile, Former Nigeria manager, Austin Eguavoen said it is advantageous that the Eagles are drawn against Liberia, adding that Nigeria will only have themselves to blame if they do not book a place at the Nations Cup.
“The Eagles have a bigger advantage because the team played a friendly game with them recently in Monrovia, which Nigeria won. Our team know them and equally know how they play; the same too applies to them. In football there are no minnows, our boys are hungry, having missed out from the last edition in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. I’m happy we are drawn against Liberia,” he told SuperSport.com.
Former Nigerian international, Tijani Babangida however urged the Eagles to leave nothing to chance to ensure that the Liberians are defeated both home and away.
He noted that since the Eagles defeated the Liberians in an international friendly, Nigeria should not fail to beat them to qualify for the African championship.