Lagos – A cross-section of Nigerians on Thursday said they were confident that the Super Eagles would beat the visiting Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia on Saturday in Calabar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian senior men football team will face their Ethiopian counterparts in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
The final round play-off second leg match is billed for the U.J. Esuene Stadium, with the Eagles holding an advantage after beating the Ethiopians 2-1 in Addis Ababa on Oct. 13.
Speaking to NAN in Lagos, many Nigerian football fans tipped the Eagles to win, saying the Eagles are a team which has now come of age.
Innocent Emeh, a spare parts dealer at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, said: “The Eagles have no option than to beat the Antelopes.
“For the Eagles to have won 2-1 against the Ethiopians on their home soil during the first leg, there is enough evidence to show that the return leg will be a formality,’’ he said.
Bonaventure Audu, a bookshop owner at Iba Market in Ojo, pointed out that the present Nigerian side have not lost in Calabar, and would not start it now.
“The African champions have not lost in Calabar, and this Saturday cannot change the record,’’ he said.
Bolaji Odu, a civil servant with the Ojo Local Government, on his part said the match is a “must win’’.
“But I don’t expect the Eagles to approach the match with levity,” he said.
Odu advised the coach Stephen Keshi-led team to execute the match with all seriousness and make Nigerians proud with a resounding victory.
Emeka Ekeh, an electronics seller at the Alaba International Market in Lagos, was of the view that the Ethiopians could not be a hard nut to crack for the Eagles.
“The Antelopes have fallen to the Eagles before, and they will fall again,’’ he said.
In his comments, Toyon Sonayon, the Chairman of Badagry Divisional Football Association, said the Nigerian side was better positioned to win the match.
“With an array of intimidating stars who won the 2013 African Nations Cup and the fact that any team in the continent is beatable, it is sure that the Eagles can beat the Ethiopians comfortably,” Sonayon said.
NAN reports that the Eagles need a draw or outright victory at home on Saturday to book their World Cup ticket