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Coach Sewnet Bishaw confident Ethiopia will qualify for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Ethiopia-Sudan: It Is Possible to Reverse the 5-3 Deficit on Sunday - Ethiopian Coach Sewnet Bishaw
Source: Confederation of African Football
Ethiopian national football team coach Sewnet Bishaw believes his side can still qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals by beating visiting Sudan in this weekend's return leg of the final qualifier. Ethiopia hosts Sudan this Sunday, October 14, at the Addis Ababa stadium trailing 5-3 from last month's encounter in Khartoum. Bishaw told Cafonline.com ahead of the encounter that it is possible to turn the tables on Sudan and qualify.
After losing 5-3 in Sudan in the first leg it is a tall order to recover from that isn't it?
I cannot deny that it was a heavy defeat. But it is possible to reverse that result with a simple 2-0 win in front of our fans. If one remembers the scoring pattern in the first leg one can easily observe that we were able bounce back two times. Sudan had a 1-0 lead, and then we crawled back to 1-1. The Sudanese side extended the lead to 3-1, it we fought back with two goals to make it 3-3 after 82 minutes. In the remaining 8 minutes Sudan scored two goals from penalties to win 5-3. My senses tell me that it is possible to reverse the deficit and gain victory over the Sudanese side.
Your first goalkeeper will not play and the second choice Dereje Alemu has a leg injury. Defender Abebaw Butako is suspended. With all these absentees is it possible to achieve your goal?
Our first goalkeeper Sisay Bancha and defender Butako were given the second yellow in Khartoum. Dereje Alemu injured his leg in training on Monday (October 8). But we brought in two goalkeepers, Zerihun Tadele and Jemal Tasew who are equally competent. We have also called in defender Yared Zinabu to fill the gap, so we think we will still do well.
There is also Egypt based striker Saladin Seid who didn't play in Khartoum.
In Sudan he was in the line but did not play but this time round he will play. He is in good form this time. He has fully recovered from a leg injury. His performances in our training sessions have been fast improving. The recovery space was more than the physicians suggested. His presence in the team will surely boosting the morale of the players.
What is the mood like in camp?
The team spirit is high. I have been in coaching business at the national level for years but I have never seen a team with this kind of determination and high spirit. We have been together for nearly two months. That could be our source of strength. Everybody is keen to get the needed win over Sudan and qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations for the first time in 31 years. I am hopeful that we will make it.
How will you handle a very defensive Sudan out to protect its 5-3 lead?
We are prepared for any situation that will arise. My boys are determined to make history like the past Ethiopian side that won over Guinea during the 13th African Nations Cup qualifiers. That side went against all odds to win against Guinea and make it the 1982 finals in Libya. With this unified strength and high spirit we have belief that it will be possible to break the defensive tactic with an attacking football using the full length of the pitch.
The addition of our top scorer Saladin Said who didn’t play in Kartoum will be the big difference. And I’m sure our team will avenge on Sunday with a good shut out. My pridiction Ethiopia 3-0.
What is that dirt he puts on his left arm? Is he a captain too? He dosent look woyane.
Anyways mr coach, focus on the football and leave aside the propaganda. 17 years with flattering comrade mengistu and 21 years plus with comrade meless have not made us good footballers.
Go Waliyas!!!! Make history!!!
good luck to Ethiopian that’s what we need. not your lame backward/uneducated comments please tamerat this all about football and football only leave the poetical comments some ware else
Tamrat you are one sick human being man this sport dummy leave secret love for the government out of here
I hope that the waliya team makes this time unforgettable history! ይቅናችሁ!
Whatever result they achieve on Sunday, we will support them. This team has gone further than most of our national teams of the last 30 years.
I heard these days more about walya als the last 20 years. that means our team make now well or have good propaganda. Any way we support Walya and hope to advance at sunday and see joyfull fans in MeskelSquare
Go Black Lions go. … the whole nation is behiend you, make us and your beloved Ethiopia proud ! !! by the way Ato Tamirat Geleta we here to support our national team not to hear your meaningless comments, if you got a problem with the goverment go and face it like a man stop crying here! !! tedebkeh atalks malete new, God bless Ethiopia. … good luck to our black lions on sunday.
Some bamboo-headed people like ……… need to shut their stinky mouth…..Those true Ethiopians, who differentiate between sports and ethnic- politics,don’t want them to say anything about our heroic national soccer-team.
Tamrat… it is sad to hear to see your stupid comment. Coach Sewnet Bishaw is one of the best Wollo mirt teams players before Mulgeta Kebede became star. he was a teacher and a player of teachers ( memehran) team. he is football vetran who never giveup to do all his best and with the extrem knowledge of soccer. This great coach deserves a great honour not any negative comment…. good on you GASH SEWNET… ETHIOPIANS ALL ARE ON YOUR SIDE and OUR TEAM WILL BE VICTORIOUS. AND THankyou to bring our team this far….. you know how to win soccer because you have won a lot of 2nd division with wollo mirt and now you will lead the national team to victory…. thankyou thank you and good luck…
The Ethiopian Lions need to play a an art of football just like the the 1960’s National teams.Today Generation have to restore the pride and dignity of all inclusive Ethiopians where Abyssinians touched in thier DNA as we know it where there’s no pure in any race on globe.
Every body is intitled to their opinions. So Mr Tamirat. I don’t agree with your opinion regardless but keep blogging no matter what. My greatest advise to you is try to make sense and know about the subject matter and the venue before you right somthing. Good luck Walya’s!
The time is now.the walias will b victorious with the support of full noisy funs.this chance should not b missed.viva Ethiopia…Eth 3-1sud
Go Walyas go! Tamrat Tamrat fuck off, infidel, knob head
Ethio 4-2 Sud
We only need comments from football fans and sports minded, not from any politicians guys. Victory to Ethiopia!!_
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