2014 FIFA World Cup: Disappointing Ethiopian team to face Somalia in return leg match

Ethiopian Coach Sewnet Bishaw

Addis Ababa – The disappointing Ethiopian national football team “Walias” will face Somalia here on Wednesday in the return leg match of the CAF qualifying preliminary rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Following their 0-0 draw in Djibouti on Saturday, the two teams arrived in Addis yesterday, where jubilant Somali fans welcomed their team.

Coach Sewnet Bishaw said that he believes that his team will win the return leg match and advance to the group stage where it will join South Africa, Botswana and Central African Republic.

He said that he confident that the Ethiopian team will be victorious as it is playing on home turf and some of the key players that he was missing in the first leg match in Djibouti due to injury, will be able to recuperate and be ready for Wednesday’s battle.

The Somali team’s coach Alfred Imone of Kenya said on his part that the best defence is to attack, and that’s exactly what his team will do on Wednesday.  He said that the Ethiopian team will be mistaken if it expects us to play defensively as it is our goal to attack from the get go.

Disappointing Result

The result was a great disappointment for the many Ethiopian soccer fans in Djibouti, who were hoping to see a goal fiesta.  What they saw was an Ethiopian team, which not only failed to score any goal but played poorly against a team, which doesn’t even have an established league, as was reported on Ethiopian TV (ETV).

The Ethiopian team has no choice but to go for victory as a draw will only favor Somalia as it is playing away from home.


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