OLIHA: EAGLES LUCKY TO AVOID TOUGH TEAMS
Posted: Jul 10, 2012
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Thompson Oliha, is optimistic that Liberia will not pose a problem for Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the last round of qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Nigeria will face Liberia in the final qualifying round of the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup.
“I thought we were lucky to avoid stronger countries in the draw, but that is not to say that teams like Liberia cannot shock big nations,” Oliha, who won the 1994 Nations Cup with the Super Eagles, told Complete Sports.
“However, I want to be positive and believe that Keshi and his boys know the implication of not qualifying for the Nations Cup. Nothing short of convincing wins will do for the country.
“The Eagles played against Liberia in a friendly sometime ago, so I suppose the Nigerian team know something about the Liberians which should help them to defeat the opponents over two legs.”
Many contenders for a place in next year’s tournament like Cameroun, Ghana, Zambia and Tunisia got relatively easy draws, but the tie between Cote d’ivoire and Senegal is undoubtedly the pick of the games during the qualifiers.
The first leg of the qualifiers between Liberia and the Super Eagles will be held in Monrovia in September with the return leg to be held in Nigeria in October.
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