Former international Benedict Iroha has said that Nigeria have a great chance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after being pitched against the Walyas Antelopes of Ethiopia.
Iroha said that the draw was good to the Eagles and that a way has been opened to them to qualify for next year's World Cup if the players, coaches and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) do not display complacency and tardiness in their build up to both legs.
He charged the Eagles to live up to their names as African Champions by beating Ethiopia if possible in both legs to confirm that Nigeria's senior national team renaissance that started during the last AFCON quarter final duel with Ivory Coast was still intact.
"To be frank with you, this is a very good draw for us. We can't ask for any easier draw than the one we have been offered. Though Ethiopia are a good side but the Eagles should just do enough to beat them to qualify for the World Cup. For me, we have one leg already in Brazil. With just little extra effort we shall have both legs there.
"The players, coaches and the NFF must ensure that they put their house in order and do their part to ensure that Nigeria is at next year's World Cup. We are African Champions. We must live up to that appellation by defeating Ethiopia over the two legs. We have been in a good momentum since we beat Ivory Coast at the last Nations Cup and we must sustain this," Iroha said.