Nigeria defender Solomon Kwambe is confident Stephen Keshi's Super Eagles will all but book their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ with a resounding victory over Ethiopia in Sunday's play-off first leg.
The African champions will be bidding to make their fifth World Cup finals when they take on Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, one of five two-legged ties to begin this weekend as the qualification process reaches the business end. "Victory is written on everybody's faces, and all the players are smiling indicating that fortune will smile at us on Sunday," Kwambe told cafonline.com.
"The mood in camp and among the players is charged with anticipation of resounding victory against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. We're the African champions and we must demonstrate the stuff that made us African kings in whatever and wherever we see ourselves, we'll surely triumph against the Ethiopians."
Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw will be without striker Getaneh Kabede but he is confident his emerging squad will be able to recover from his loss. "We have lost a good player in Getaneh Kebede but as a team we have to move on," Bishaw said. "I got the information he could not make it as the nagging injury failed to heal time. We wish him quick recovery and I will look for an alternative as we have plenty in the squad who are capable."
We're the African champions and we must demonstrate the stuff that made us African kings.
Ghana coach James Akwasi Appiah is preparing his side to face Egypt and believes the preparations could not have gone any better. "The most important thing to do will be to get things done the right way in terms of approach and get a decent result," Appiah said.
"At the moment, we have been able to put our best players together and preparation is equally going well. With the team together and willing to give more than 100 per cent knowing what is at stake, we can be confident of a fine result."
Algeria face Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou while Senegal play Côte d'Ivoire in the the first leg of their tie in Abidjan, also on Saturday. Côte d'Ivoire coach Sabri Lamouchi hopes his side can make their third consecutive appearance at World Cup finals.
He said: "I dream of the World Cup and it is the dream of all Ivorians. The qualification for the World Cup is of public interest. My message to the fans is they should not worry since the players are committed.
"The ideal scenario will be victory and not conceding. It will be a tight and complicated game. The elements to make the difference will be concentration and determination."
Tunisia host Cameroon in the other qualification tie on Sunday.