One of the show piece venues that would welcome thousands of fans of the game during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Current world best footballer (fourth consecutive time). Genius on the field and a great guy off it!
Looking forward to 2014 as Brazil hosts the world in the greatest football fiesta.
The glitzy ceremony heralding a major steps toward the commencement of the biggest sporting even of 2014 took place in Costa de Saiupe this evening and it has left many thanking their stars with others ruing their lucks!
For starters; England and Italy are in the same group with Uruguay providing enough evidence for this group to be tagged as ‘group of death’. Cost Rica ‘may’ just be in for a very tough time!
They did well in the first leg by winning against the odds. I have had to argue with one of my friends that the Super Eagles played poorly in Ethiopia while he countered by saying they played ‘intelligently’. The majority of the opinion however is that they didn’t click on the day but did what ‘champions’ do; win when playing badly.
Now the second leg is here and all eyes are on the Champions of Africa to complete the job they started in Addis Ababa. Would they be able to do it? My answer is not far from yours: YES!
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria made us proud as a Nation again within the football community by winning their fourth title. If that is not an achievement, someone needs to brief me better!
I felt proud as I watched Kanu Nwankwo dancing, jumping and singing in the stands cheering the boys on to go for glory. It was in 1993 that he (lanky as a whip) played out his heart and intelligently led the team that defeated Ghana in Japan to win Nigeria’s second trophy in the cadre after our superlative debut in the maiden edition in 1985.
We cannot falter; neither can we fail. Having gotten to this stage, we must finish the job and well must it be finished.
Brazil 2014 stares us in the face and we must not bulk under the weight of expectation. In a nut shell, Ethiopia must be ‘dealt’ with comprehensively.
As we have learnt to do in recent times that only the best will do for these kinds of matches, Coach Stephen Keshi should give first team jerseys to the guys that are ready to ‘die’ on the field in Adis Ababa come Sunday, October 13, 2013. As we say in football circle: Let’s strive to make the return leg a formality.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has one more hurdle to cross on their way to FIFA World Cup 2014. That hurdle is the giant killing team from Ethiopia nicknamed the ‘Walla Antelopes’. Currently ranked 93rd in the world, they are a team not to be taken for granted bearing their recent exploits in mind. They eliminated South Africa from this round and also acquainted themselves well in the last African Cup of Nations in January.
When compared on the FIFA ranking table with Nigeria who currently sit in the 36th position having a dropped a spot from the last ranking; one may be tempted to conclude that this is an easy task for the Super Eagles.The truth however is that we must be as determined as ever to make it to the showpiece in Brazil. At this level of competition, only the best team on the day qualifies and Nigeria must play to their highest level to convincingly beat the Ethiopians.