13 October 2012

Nigeria/Liberia: Fatusi, Others Confident of Eagle's Victory Over Liberia

Photo: Vanguard
Super Eagles players loosening up before training.

Teslim Fatusi, member of the Atlanta 96' Olympic team, on Friday expressed optimism that the Super Eagles would prevail over Liberia to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Eagles will on Saturday battle the Lone Stars of Liberia in Calabar for AFCON 2013-- to be hosted by South Africa in January.

Fatusi, one of the '96 Atlanta Olympic soccer gold medalists said in Lagos that the players had the ability and techniques needed to defeat their Liberian counterparts.

"Nigeria has good players in the camp that can win this second leg match. I strongly believe they will secure the ticket to the Nations Cup.

"Although Eagles drew 2-2 in Monrovia, the two away goals are an added advantage, to the team to utilise and go through," he said.

He, however, said the coach should be given a free hand to select players, fit enough for the encounter.

"Stephen Keshi is a good coach; the NFF should not interfere in his selection of players. He knows the players that are fit for the match.

"The issue of interfering in the selection of players has been a problem for some of our coaches in the past." Fatusi said.

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