Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has spoken for the first time since the draws for the final round qualifier for the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier (Africa zone) were held on Monday in Cairo, Egypt.
The draw pitched the Super Eagles against the Wylan Antelopes of Ethiopia.
“I have a lot of respect for the Ethiopians and all the teams that made it to the last round of the qualifier and I am certain that it will be tough, unpredictable and exciting for both the so called big teams and the minnows,” Keshi said.
Speaking specifically on Ethiopia, Keshi, who is on a brief visit to his family in the United States, said he foresees a very difficult opposition in the East Africans, assuring Nigerians that the Eagles will not disappoint.
He said: “The last time we played the Ethiopians, it was quite tough and I know when we meet next it’s going to be the same thing.
“All we need to do is to be focused, concentrate and pray for good health for our best players and the rest will be history.”
Keshi also said all the 10 teams that made it to the final qualifier round are equally matched and warned those teams having an air of superiority to beware, because there might be upsets in some of the games if the opposition is underrated.
He said his list for first leg encounter in Addis Ababa will be released on time but assured Nigerians that all the players are aware of the enormous task of qualifying for the World Cup and the team will show the stuff it is made of when the games are held.