Playoff Decider between Nigeria and Ethiopia is a Formality- Rabah Madjer

Ex-Algeria international footballer Rabah Madjer has given his takes on the chances of African nations vying for a slot in next summer’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

The 54-year-old, who now serves as a consultant for the gulf-based television channel, Al-Jazeera, told he can already visualise Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire with a 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

Madjer’s goal against Germany at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and his decisive back-heel in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup (now Uefa Champions League) in 1987 with FC Porto against Bayern Munich earned him a legendary status.

He said Saturday’s return leg match between the African champions Nigeria and the Walyas Antelopes of Ethiopia is a mere formality as the Super Eagles remains a force to reckon with in African football.

“In view of its success in Ethiopia, the second leg will be a mere formality for Nigeria, also one of the greatest football nations on the continent. This is a team that has always been a danger to opponents,” Said Madjer.

Rabeh Madjer.
Rabeh Madjer.

“Ethiopia has made tremendous progress in recent years, but in my opinion it is not enough. Nigerian players are superior and Stephen Keshi has done a great job to bring his team to the top.”

Nigeria, already 2-1 up following victory in Addis Ababa in September, hosts Ethiopia at the UJ Esuene Stadium on Saturday 16, November.


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