Kanu predicts tough tie against Ethiopia
Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu has predicted a tough time for the team against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in the two-legged playoffs of the World Cup qualifiers.
Reacting to the draws that pitched Eagles against Antelopes on Monday morning, Kanu warned on his Twitter handle that the Eagles will have to work very hard to get a favourable result. He is however confident that the team would soon be on its way to Brazil.
“Ethiopia against African champion, Nigeria. World Cup Brazil, here we come. It is not going to be easy but we will work hard and pray hard,” Kanu said.
Meanwhile, there is currently a great tussle between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the National Sports Commission (NSC) over which venue will play host to the second leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff match between the Eagles and Antelopes.
Daily Independent gathered that the NFF wants the match to be played at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar while the NSC prefers the Abuja National Stadium which it has just refurbished.
According to sources in the know, the NFF appears to have been given the green light to play the crucial match in November at UJ Esuene Stadium. A development that has not gone down well with the NSC.
But a top NSC source has said that the Commission will not mandate the NFF to play the match in Abuja.
“We won’t force a venue on the NFF. Abuja National Stadium is ready but if they (NFF) choose Calabar, so shall it be!” the source said.
The two sides have until FIFA’s Friday deadline to harmonise their opinions on the venue and date of the match.