Commentators on Nairaland.com, Nigeria’s biggest Social Media site, could not contain their joy at the recently released fixtures for the final qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which saw Nigeria being drawn to play the final two legged tie with Ethiopia.
This should not be considered as disrespectful to Ethiopia but as an expression of relief that Nigeria has avoided the other heavyweights like Cameroon, Egypt or Senegal.
Nigeria beat the Ethiopian national team in the last encounter with the East African boys during the group stages at the 2013 African Nations Cup competition, which Nigeria eventually won.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were drawn to meet Ethiopia in the final phase of qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup Tournament taking place in Brazil at a ceremony that took place in Cairo, Egypt earlier this week.
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia are teams still in contention for the continent’s five places at the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil™ and they were paired accordingly:
Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia were the seeded teams, with Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia and Senegal unseeded.
The ties will be played between 11-15 October 2013 and 15-19 November 2013.
Ivory Coast v Senegal
Ethiopia v Nigeria
Tunisia v Cameroon
Ghana v Egypt
Burkina Faso v Algeria