14th November, 2013
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has warned that the country are yet to qualify for next year’s World Cup despite a 2-1 win in Ethiopia last month.
“We have not qualified but on the verge of doing so with only 90 minutes of play and we must not let down our guards at this crucial moment,” Keshi said.
“Gradually, we are getting to where we want to be and by Saturday hopefully we should be among the 32 nations whose flag will be flown at the Brazil 2014 World Cup.”
Yesterday evening’s training was hectic and featured all 24 invited players at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, while training will be behind closed doors this evening at the same venue.
All the three goalkeepers and 21 on-field players are in excellent shape and health as Stephen Keshi and his crew showed glimpses of what will be the probable and possible squad on Saturday.
Top team official Emmanuel Attah revealed that the schedule of the team has reached the crucial bend and it’s about time for fans and the media to be excused from Thursday’s session.
Friday morning training session will be open to the media, but it’s expected to be lighter than the others for the good health of the players.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ trio of Godfrey Oboabona, Elderson Echiejile and Obinna Nsofor have declared that there will be no hiding place for the Ethiopians in Saturday’s tie.
Oboabona said: “We are going into the match for a win. We are not going to rest on our oars because of the first leg win. There is no hiding place for the Ethiopians because we’ll defeat them.”
Portugal based right back Echiejile believes that with the calibre of players in the Eagles’ camp, nothing but a victory would be enough for them.
Nsofor, who plays for Lokomotive of Moscow in Russia, also corroborated his colleagues saying that their focus is to record a victory on Saturday.