W’cup playoff: Emenike predicts tougher tie in Calabar

•Wants to be better than Yekini

Super Eagles top striker, Emmanuel Emenike has predicted that taking down the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in Calabar in the second leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoffs would not be an easy task.

Emenike noted that the quality of the Ethiopian team implies that the Eagles cannot afford to rest on its oars.

“Ethiopia are very good and they will be coming here with other tricks. So we shouldn’t see this victory as the end of road.

“I can tell you that Calabar game will be tougher for us than Addis Ababa. We will be careful and get ready for another big business in Calabar,” Emenike said in an interview he granted MTNFootball.com.

Meanwhile, Emenike has set his sights on becoming even greater than legendary striker, Rashidi Yekini.

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The Fenerbahce forward, though admitting that stepping into Yekini’s shoes is a tall order, is confident of becoming a greater force to reckon with.

“Rashidi Yekini’s shoes are still too big for me to wear, I am only doing what I know best for my fatherland and I have not done anything yet. I still have a lot to do to get to the height reached by such a legend.

“The fans have to wait before I can accept that tag but for now, I am thinking about making the name ‘Emenike’ bigger than the late legend Rashidi Yekini, but I won’t rush my race. I will keep delivering when I am given the chance to serve my country,” Emenike said.

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Emenike also described the great joy he felt at handing Eagles the victory over Ethiopia via two goals in Addis Ababa at the weekend.

“I feel good sincerely, but I think we need to work harder for the return leg and quickly forget the victory in Addis Ababa. As a striker, when you score and your team win, you will definitely get the usual applause and be happy. I am excited because we conquered our fears.”

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