The Ethiopian national team a.k.a. the Walias will host the Kenyan national team on the third round of the 2019 AFCON qualifier match on October 10, 2018 in Bahir Dar stadium. Both teams having announced their final squad weeks ago, newly appointed Coach Abraham Mibrahtu has named 26 players and has commenced preparations weeks ago in Bahir Dar.
After a vital 1-0 win against Sierra Leone in Hawassa stadium, the Ethiopian national team has returned to northern Ethiopia for preparations. Reeling from a first round thumping (5-0) at the hands of the Ghanaian national team, the squad is in good form assisted by Coach Abraham. The lone win helped Walias share equal points with Ghana, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Both, trying to qualify for the group stages, Wednesdays’ third round AFCON qualifier match will be a do or die for both. Coach Abraham stated that his team will focus to solve the main problems they faced while playing against Sierra Leone. The Harambee Stars are confident after their win against Ghana 1-0 in the second-round qualifications match.
Including Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder, Victor Wanyama, several local players have been named by Coach Sebastien Migne. However, it was announced that the Kenyan squad is in luck of training allowance which forced the national team to attack the government on social media.
Several media sources indicated that even the Haramabe Stars Coach has not received a salary for four months. Apart from these, the Kenyan side is not easily beaten with players playing in top leagues. Meanwhile, Ethiopian playmaker Shimelis Bekele of the Egyptian based club, Petro Jet, is in stunning form and is a good news to strengthen the Walias’ midfield line.
The return match will be held after four days on October 14, 2018, in Moi International Sport Center, Kasarani.
Source: The Reporter