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  • January 29, 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, NW
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Nigeria-Ethiopia Preview: Super Eagles aim to right the wrong of matches past

The final round of Group C matches threaten to ignite as Naija and Ethiopia face either glory or gloom in South Africa

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NIGERIA

Angola
Enyeama
Omeruo, Oboabona, Ambrose, Elderson
Igiebor, Mikel, Ogude
Musa, Emenike, Brown


ETHIOPIA
 Morocco
Tadele
Hailu Reda,Debebe, Tesfaye, Bogale
Zinabura, Beyene, Adis, Bekele
Saladin, Assefa

Rustenburg will be the venue for the Super Eagles’ final Group C match—a contest which will decide the immediate future of the nation’s football. How will the nation remember the 2013 Cup of Nations? Will this be the year of what-ifs and might-have-beens? The year when the side conceded late equalisers against Burkina Faso and Zambia, throwing away four points in the process.

Or, will it be the year when the side overcame some perceived injustices to qualify from a tricky group and make an emphatic return to the continent’s high table? The future is still in the hands of the Super Eagles, for whom the permutations are numerous.

All Stephen Keshi will be telling his boys is that a win against Ethiopia will guarantee their place in the quarter-finals. The Black Lions may well be in disarray after their demolition at the hands of Burkina Faso, and shorn of the confidence that characterised their opening battle with Zambia, the Big Boss may well identify the Walya Antelopes as ripe for the taking.

After impressing in the first two fixtures, the duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa will likely be the key attacking options for Nigeria. Despite his nervous penalty miss, John Obi Mikel’s improvement throughout the Zambia match will not have gone unnoticed—indeed, it was his pass which led to Emenike’s opening goal against Chipolopolo.

Defensive resiliency has been the issue for Naija in the first two games, and Keshi might be tempted to recall skipper Joseph Yobo, who sat out of the second fixture against Zambia.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ethiopia, ranked 110th in the Fifa world rankings, are the lowest ranked team in the competition.
  • The east Africans return to the competition after a 31-year absence, but are yet to register a victory this year.
  • Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo was set to win his 90th cap against Zambia, but after not making it onto the pitch, that land mark could be sealed against Ethiopia.
  • In contrast, Kenneth Omeruo, who replaced the Fenerbache man is relative newcomer to the side – the 19-year-old is currently playing for ADO Den Haag on loan from Chelsea.

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World Cup Qualifying - Africa ‎(WCQ)‎ Oct 13, 2013 Ethiopia 1 - Nigeria 2
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Africa Cup of Nations ‎(ACN)‎ Jan 29, 2013 Ethiopia 0 - Nigeria 2
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Available Squads
-S. BanchaGoalkeeper
12D. DebebeMidfielder
4A. ButakoDefender
6Alula GirmaDefender
-Biyadigligm ZewcDefender
-D. Estifanos
-A. HintsaMidfielder
-Youssef SalehMidfielder
7S. SaidStriker
9Getaneh KebedeStriker
11U. UkuriStriker
-J. TassewGoalkeeper
-Z. Tadele
-Y. Zinabu
5Aynalem Hailu RedaDefender
3B. BogaleMidfielder
-Tesfaye SeyoumDefender
-F. IbrahimMidfielder
14Minyahile Teshome BeyeneMidfielder
-Behalu AssefaDefender
2S. BekeleMidfielder
Players to Watch
Adane Girma
Adane Girma
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
2 4 0 0
Girma will be feeling the pressure to perform, as his team-mates rely on his attacking ability, and his coach will be looking to him for inspiration up front.
Emenike
Emenike
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
5 4 1 0
The goal scorer is the target man in attack for the Eagles, and he will be brimming with confidence after a positive start to the competition for him.
Prediction
The Super Eagles are aware that this encounter is make or break for them, and they will be coming out all guns blazing to ensure victory against the east Africans.
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