Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – When the Ethiopian national football team will face Benin in the first leg match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations here tomorrow, it will be without the services of 12 of the country’s best players.

Thanks to CAF’s chaotic international schedule three international matches take place in five days thus players from the Premier League defending champion Ethiopian Coffee and cup holder Saint George are not available for Wednesday’s first leg match in Addis Ababa.

Head Coach Swenet Bishaw told reporters his side is capable of doing the job, despite his shortage of great talent.

Twenty six players, with Dedebit and Mugher Cement providing 6 players each, have been in training for the past 2 weeks.

Premier League leading scorer Getaneh Kebede of Dedebit will lead the Ethiopian squad.

The two teams will play the return leg match in Cotonou in two weeks time.