As Nigeria prepares to face Ethiopia in the first leg of the 2014 World Cup play-offs, the expectation is very high that the Super Eagles will beat the Walya Antelopes and book a ticket to the world's biggest football showpiece.
Sharing in this optimism is Super Eagles goalkeeper Austin Ejide. The Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel net minder said that the players are experienced enough to weather the storm when it matters most.
“We have experienced players who are playing at the high level and so can handle such situations. Instead it will be the Ethiopians that will be under pressure,” Ejide told Complete Sports.
He went further claiming that the climatic conditions wont be an excuse when both sides clash in Addis Ababa.
“There are many countries in the world with high altitude where the Super Eagles have gone to play and did well. Also, this is not the first time we’ll be playing in Addis Ababa. I remember the last time we played there and came out with a 2-2 draw, it's not going to be new to us but I’m sure the NFF are working towards that,” he said.
The Super Eagles travel first to tackle the Antelopes at in Addis Ababa in the first leg while the second leg will be staged at the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar.