We can’t score, says Ethiopia coach

2014-01-19 06:00

The east Africans would need to do something about their blunt strikers when they go home next week from the African Nations Championship, Ethiopian coach Sewnet Bishaw has said.

The Walyas have been a disappointment to their colourful fans. They were eliminated from the competition after losing 0-1 to the Democratic Republic of Congo at Free State Stadium on Friday, having lost to Libya four days earlier.

“We cannot score. We are missing, missing and missing,” said Bishaw. “We will need to try and unearth more players when we go home.

“The team needs better goal scorers because the guys have not scored. They are talented, but this has not shown in front of goals.”

Adane Girma, the side’s captain in the Congo encounter, said: “Our team was ready to be competitive, but it was bad today [against Congo]. We are competitive. The problem is scoring goals.”

The striker continued: “We tried our best in the tournament, but these things happen. It was still an experience for the boys.”

Ethiopia’s last Group C match is against Ghana in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

Read: Ghana have to move on, says coach

This could be Bishaw’s final match in charge of the national team, having hinted at leaving the hot seat.

The Black Stars only need a draw from the fixture to make the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Congolese coach Sebastien Migne praised the tournament minnows’ win that has given them a chance of making it through to the knockout stages.

The Red Devils (three points) need to beat Libya (four points) at Peter Mokaba Stadium and hope that the Ethiopians draw or beat Ghana (four points) in the simultaneous fixture in Bloemfontein.

“I’m satisfied, but I’m especially happy for the boys because this gives them confidence,” Migne said. “We’ll need a better game against Libya in hope of qualifying for the quarterfinals.”

The Frenchman added: “I told the boys that we were lucky to go to the break without conceding against Ethiopia. Now we need to be strong for Libya because it’s also important that when we get the ball, we impose our style of play.”

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