NIGERIA Football Federation (NFF) says it is not bothered about the huge support Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes will enjoy on October 12 when they confront Super Eagles in Addis Ababa in the first leg of the Brazil 2014 World Cup final round match.
At the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup, the Ethiopians had large number of supporters at every game involving the Walya Antelopes. From their opening group game against Zambia in Nelspruit to the last match, which they lost 0-2 to the Super Eagles in Rustenburg, the flag-and-banner-waving Ethiopian supporters were everywhere routing for their team. In all three games, the Ethiopian supporters occupied more than half of the stadium, drumming and dancing, even when things were not going well with their team.
However, the NFF Secretary General, Musa Amadu told The Guardian yesterday that they were fully aware of the large number of supporters the Ethiopians will have in Addis Ababa but assured that it won’t affect the Super Eagles.
“We saw what they did in South Africa and now that they have the opportunity of playing host to Nigeria in the first leg of this game, I am sure all Ethiopians will be at the stadium for the game. That will be good for the game, but I don’t see that working against our boys. Supporters don’t win matches,” Amadu said.
The return leg comes up at the U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on November 16.
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