Stephen Keshi: The 2014 World Cup playoffs are unpredictable

The national team coach says his team have to prepare well against a very good Ethiopian side

Nigeria’s national team coach Stephen Keshi has said that his team cannot afford to be complacent against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in the last round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

Keshi is currently in the USA with his family taking a short rest before the first leg against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa next month.

Many football fans have already given the tie to the Super Eagles but Keshi was quick to state that the Walya Antelopes were very good last January and would have improved further at the moment.

“I have a lot of respect for the Ethiopians and all the teams that made it to the last round of the qualifiers and I am certain that it will be tough, unpredictable and exciting for both the so called big teams and the minnows,” Keshi said.

The coach elaborated on the fact that the last time the Eagles played Ethiopia – at the Nations Cup in January, the East Africans proved very difficult.

“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,” he said.

The first leg is slated for between October 11 -15.