*Names 22-man squad for first leg clash in Addis Ababa
Ethiopia’s Walya Antelopes’ Coach, Sewnet Bishaw, believes his men have all it takes to beat the Super Eagles to the 2014 World Cup ticket.
He insisted yesterday that his men are ready for Nigeria when both countries face off in Sunday’s first leg final round of the 2014 World Cup play-off billed for Addis Ababa.
Although the Walya Antelopes are big underdogs going into this tie against the Eagles that are ranked 36th in the world, the Ethiopian handler maintains an unwavering doggedness to stage an upset against the African champions.
’’I don’t know Brazil, so I want to see it,” Bishaw told the AFP.
Concerning the team’s preparations for the important game at the National Stadium, Bishaw said his boys are aware of the task ahead of them.
“We have tried to prepare them physically as well as mentally in the first week and now we are doing our tactical work and we will continue in the coming few days to combine the two,” he said.
He however claimed that the Nigerian squad at the Africa Cup of Nations is not a better team than the Walya Antelopes. The Eagles won 2-0 via penalties from Victor Moses on their way to lifting the trophy for the third time.
“If you look seriously at that match, the Eagles were not a better team than us. Up to the end we were performing well. But in the last 10 minutes they used their experience, so they got two penalties. I think we will have a better game in the coming match against Nigeria,” he concluded.
Ethiopia host Nigeria on Sunday while the return match is scheduled for November 16 with the aggregate winners qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
It would be a big shock if the East Africans go through ahead of their more fancied opponents.
Meanwhile,the Walya Antelopes gaffer has announced his 22-man squad that will tackle the Super Eagles in Sunday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa
The coach named his 22-man squad and the East Africans will be hoping to pull an upset against the reigning African champions when both sides clash in their first match of a two-legged play-off to qualify for Brazil.
Missing in their squad is top striker Saladin Said who picked up an injury during the weekend.
Goalkeepers: Dereje Alemu, Jemal Tasew, Samson Assefa and Sisay Bancha.
Defenders: A. Butako, Aynalem Hailu, Birhanu Bogale, Degu Debebe, Elias Biadgelegn, Moges Tadesse, S. Bergecho, Siyoum Tesfaye and Toke James.
Midfielders: Adane Mentesenot, Asrat Megersa, Behailu Assefa, Fasika Asfaw, Medhane Tadesse, Menyahel Teshome.
Forwards: Adane Girma, Dawit Fekadu and Oumed Oukri.