Degu Debebe urges calm ahead of clash

Degu DebebeBy Collins Okinyo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian skipper defender Degu Debebe has urged his teammates to learn from the first leg mistakes made against Nigeria in Addis Ababa when they clash in the return leg of their World Cup playoff.

Debebe who plies his trade for St.George further warned Nigeria of complacency despite having the upper hand after winning 1-2 in the play off in Addis alluding to the fact that they were prepared to face the Super Eagles.

However Debebe who has been the pillar at defence believes it will be a do or die encounter in Calabar and the last straw in their dreams for go to the World cup.

“We have been going through our paces in training very well and as usual the mood in camp is buoyant despite the big task we have away in Calabar. Nigeria are the World champions but they will be doing themselves a disfavour if they become complacent and take us for granted as it’s not over yet.”

“We have a huge mountain to climb in Calabar but as footballers we have hope that anything can happen in the 90 minutes as long as we all give 100 percent and avoid any mistakes that will cost us especially considering that Nigeria are very strong and have quick counter attacks. All in all we will give our best and whatever results in Calabar we will accept it but most importantly we are all hoping to upset the Nigerian form book,” Debebe told

Ethiopia travel directly to Calabar with an Ethiopian Airlines chartered plane on Thursday morning.