Ethiopia will face Algeria on Saturday in a 2015 Afcon qualifier without one of their inspirational stars Saladin Said and Getaneh Kebede. Kick-off is at 9:00pm (CAT).
The injured player, who joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly early this year, and South African based professional Getaneh Kabede, who scored one of the goals in the 3-2 win over Mali, will also miss the game due to suspension.
In their first meeting Algeria stopped Ethiopia 2-1 in Addis Ababa, but Coach Jeronimo Mariano Barreto thinks they can also collect maximum points away.
After falling to Uganda 3-0 in an international build-up on Sunday, Barreto said it was a good wake-up call for his team. “The loss to Uganda will motivate us to push even harder against Algeria,” added the coach who has been under pressure for registering un-convincing results.
“We know Algeria is a very strong team, but we are determined to give our best and get a good result,” Barreto told Supersport.com after their loss to Uganda on Sunday in an International friendly.
Algeria, who have already qualified after collecting maximum points in all four matches, will most likely give chance to Baghdad Bounedjah, Islam Slimani and Hilel Soudani in the hunt for goals.
Porto FC attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi, rtecently nominated for both Caf African Player of the Year and BBC African Footballer of the Year is another player expected to play a pivotal role for the Desert Fennecs.