No reason not to reach Afcon final – Ethiopia

2013-01-24 16:30

Ethiopia is planning on stunning Burkina Faso in their Group C 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tie at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow evening.

The Walia coach, Sewnet Bishaw, said that his pacy outfit would outwit the physically imposing West Africans in the tie.

Ethiopia shocked African champions Zambia earlier in the week when they earned a credible point against their more established opponents.

“To challenge a team that was the best in Africa only a year before was great and gave us confidence,” Bishaw said today.

“We’ll have the best team on the field to challenge Burkina Faso even though they are a physical team.

“We will try to play fast football with as many passes as possible because they have huge players.”

Burkina Faso stole a last-minute goal, courtesy of substitute Alain Traore, to draw 1-1 with Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Monday.

Ethiopia, Zambia, Nigeria and the Burkinabe have a point each in Group C.

However, a win by Ethopia in the encounter will see them on the verge of a knockout stage qualification while The Stallions will be on the verge of elimination.

This is the East Africans’ first major tournament participation since the Afcon competition in 1982, but it has not stopped them from setting high standards and expectations.

“We are learning every time,” Bishaw said. “And even though we are still learning and new, why can’t we go up to cup final? We will try to reach the final.”

Also, more fans from Ethiopia were expected to come to Mpumalanga and support the team, according to Bishaw.

He said: “The number of supporters will be doubled now because they are motivated with the team’s performances. Many people will come from Ethiopia.”

The Ethiopians report a fully fit squad with the exception of suspended goalkeeper Jamel Tassew who will serve a two-match suspension after being red-carded against Zambia.

Afcon Group C - FIFA rankings

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