Ethiopia Burkina FasoThe east African nation will feel charged up ahead of this encounter, and take comfort from the encouraging display in their 1-1 stalemate against champions Zambia.

By Dennis Mabuka

Minnows Ethiopia and Burkina Faso lock horns in a must win encounter for both teams on Friday as far as qualification to the quarter-finals of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is concerned.

Following a clean bill of health by the medical team, both coaches are expected to retain squads that did duty in the first game, save for a forced change by the Walya Antelopes with Sefnet Bishaw expected to call upon the services of reserve custodian Zerihun Tadele in the absence of suspended Jemal Tessaw, following his red card.

Bishaw will be hoping his charges pick up from where they left off against Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the opening game.

The east Africans earned several plaudits for a display that secured them a credible draw against the defending champions, despite playing for more than an hour with ten men.

On the other hand, Burkina Faso’s Stallions will feel prepared for this duel, and take comfort in the encouraging display in the 1-1 stalemate against Nigeria’s Super Eagles in their first game.

Both coaches seem satisfied with the results earned thus far and have promised to prepare their players to build on from that form.

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