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World Cup Qualifier: Eagles step up preparation for Ethiopia tie

The Eagles are to only have a light work out on Friday before the Saturday encounter.

“I am confident that the Eagles will overpower the Antelopes at our beloved U. J. Esuene Stadium on Saturday. It has been a 17-month journey from the time we defeated Namibia in Calabar in June 2012, but a happy ending makes it worthwhile for everyone involved,” he said.

Meanwhile Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes flew into Calabar direct from Addis Ababa aboard a chartered aircraft on Thursday; and all arrangements have been made for the team at its preferred Channel View Hotel, while the NFF has perfected security, transport and other necessary arrangements for the visitors.

The Africa Champions trained at two different locations, the University of Calabar Sports complex and the UJ Esuene Stadium (Saturday’s match venue) for the weekend’s crucial game.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, the Super Eagles are favourites to secure one of Africa’s five tickets to football’s biggest fiesta, at the final whistle by Gambian referee, Bakary Papa Gassama.

While the session held at the University Calabar was open to the fans and media, the evening session was held behind closed door.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the evening session dwelt more on tactical play as the coach strategised on sealing a world cup place for Nigeria at Brazil 2014.

The Super Eagles on Thursday observed two training sessions as they rounded off preparations for Saturday’s crunch clash against the Walya Antelopes in the final World Cup play-off duel.

Nigeria plays against Ethiopia on Saturday.

Already the Nigeria Football Federation President, Aminu Maigari, is high on confidence that the Eagles will complete the job they started in Addis Ababa last term where they secured a vital 2-1 win.

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