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The Road to Brazil 2014: Who stands in Ethiopia's way?
nazret.com - Ethiopia has secured a place in the final round of the World Cup qualifying in Africa zone by beating Central African republic 2-1 in Brazzaville. It has now joined the elite group of the best 10 teams in Africa fighting for a place at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
The FIFA World Cup™ Local Organising Committee has set the dates for the draws of the African qualifying third round for September 16. The five best-placed sides in the 12 September 2013 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be seeded for the draw. Ethiopia is at the bottom of the FIFA ranking among the 10 teams, assuming Cameroon will qualify tomorrow as it only needs a draw against Libya at home. Based on August 2013 FIFA World Ranking, Ethiopia stands at 102 and Ivory Coast is number 18 (best ranked team in Africa).
Below is the ranking as of August 2013 for the 10 teams expected to be in the final round of world cup qualifications
- Ivory Coast 18
- Ghana 24
- Algeria 34
- Nigeria 35
Cape Verde*36 Tunisia
- Burkina Faso 48
- Cameroon 51
- Egypt 61
- Senegal 78
- Ethiopia 102
FIFA sanctioned Cape Verde for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ between Tunisia and the Cape Verde Islands on 7 September 2013. And Tunisia will go on to the finalround
In a little over a week, we will know who stands in the way for Ethiopia's journey to Brazil. This is how we predict the seeding will go. the ten teams will be placed in two pots, with the top 5 teams, based on September FIFA world Ranking, in pot A and the bottom 5 in pot B. We predict Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Cape Verde will be in Pot A, and the rest in Pot B. Based on this scenario, Ethiopia's likely opponents will be of one of the following, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Cape Verde.
Ivory Coast with many professional players in the English Premier League and elsewhere will not be a welcome news for Ethiopia. Ethiopia has recent experience both with Nigeria and Burkina Faso at the African Cup of Nations and Burkina Faso was a much tougher opponent last time around, and played very well against Nigeria. It is unlikely Ethiopia will meet Burkina Faso. So who will be Ethiopia's opponent? We certainly hope it will not be Ivory Coast.
One country and two games stand in between the greatest story in Ethiopian football history. In a little over two month, Ethiopia and the rest of the world will know if the Walyas will be representing Africa among the world's greatest football nations.
Have Your Say? Who do you think Ethiopia's opponent will be in the final round?
I wish it were Cape Verde. But you know what? It is good for Waliyas to be underdogs.Regardless of who your opponents will be, just focus on your own game.To be here by itself is a huge accomplishment. So the pressure is on the teams in Pot A. Wlaiyas have no pressure whatsoever because they have achieved a lot already.
God Bless Ethiopia!!!
Ivory Coast vs Burkina Faso
Ghana vs Cameroon
Algeria vs Egypt
Nigeria vs Senegal
Cape Verde vs Ethiopia
Based on the ranklings I see Ethiopia in Rio only if Ten African teams are participating.
Based on the will of God I see Ethiopia going in to the second round in Rio.
Let us all pray1
Former Communists are also required to pray!
Ethiopia’s chance is high if she got Egypt in the final round. Honstly speaking Ethiopia is a fast learning team from her mistakes and is capable of facing any of them. Now every African team fears Ethiopia.
The road to Brazil is getting tougher!
I predict Ethiopia’s next opponent is going to be Algeria. And the miracle won’t stop here. The waliyas will qualify by beating Algeria.
History will be made!!
The analysis is not bad, but the question is nonsense. Ethiopia can face any of the five top-seeded teams. It is an issue of probability. There is an equal chance of 1/5 (20%) that Ethiopia will face one of the five teams.
Wow! What kind of analogy is that?
“It is an issue of probability” really? So what did you find you called nonsense here? Domma Ras lebba!
It is your own analogic which should be nonsense. You’re asked simply to predict. Or give an opinion if you really know about football, Mr wanna be know it all!
Well, according to the aggregation here, I’m afraid FIFA might not use the drawing method after all. Which will be bad for us.
That is because of the advantage given to better teams. In that case, 1vs10, 2vs9, 3vs8, 4vs7, 5vs6. In this scenario our opponent will be Ivory coast.
But, still as long as the ranking is from a collection of year round performance of the respected teams, which is not based on the merits they show on this particular qualifications match, it may not work here. And hopefully there will be the drawing “lottery” method.
No matter what history is already made. Ethiopia is an underdog and in sports, as an underdog, they will have a lot supporters. Wish them good luck.
AZ, you are right! It is getting much tougher, with all those seasoned professionals of Ghana, Cameroon (my favorite, btw), Algeria and Nigeria waiting in the wings. Passing these would be nothing less than a miracle for the Walias, whom you could easily categorize as lucky amateurs. It is what they call the Cinderellas in football parlance, teams that just pop up from nowhere, do flashy things and disappear as fast as they came. For Ethiopia that would be a great moral boost for the coming generations. Personally I have no expectations at all, am just enjoying what has happened up to now. If the dream come true, have you thought of who would be accompanying you to the tribune for the first Walias clash with God knows who?? Know what I mean? Nudge nudge, wink wink..say no more, say no more……..
Addis Gomen, do you need to bark and spit your saliva at every passerby like a rabies-infected dog? I can see that you are a deeply-troubled individual. That is the result of selling oneself to the service of renowned looters and robbers, even when they are dead like Meles, whose zombi is terrorizing you - a poor soul of no sign of self confidence at all. Poor soul!
I am very proud of the team for what it has accomplished so far. Those kids have played their guts out to reach at where they are now. But their next potential opponents are more sophisticated and ‘battle hardened’ than the teams they played so far. Now I am getting very nervous. If they face Cape Verde next then they may have the shot but if they are going to go against Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal or any one of the North African countries then I will be in a heck of nervousness. Again, I am proud of those kids but I am worried about their next matches. The flashbacks from the 1965 and 1970 African Cup results still haunt me. In the meantime, I will continue to have them in my prayers. Insha Allah!!!!
Nice to hear from you. You’re right, I’m really happy too they made it this far. And I hope we see a cinderella team in the world cup with our waliyas.
You need to present your point for saying “nonsense", instead of jumping up and down like a monkey invaded by fleas.
If you don’t know football, hush up! just congratulating our team for making it this far is enough, if you’re Ethiopian and really happy that is! And that’s what you should have done instead of making an ass of yourself.
You know what! You sound like some loser guy around here who is MIA recently. I’ll keep an eye on you. I’m watching you!!
WAY TO BRAZIL!!!!!!
YOU KNOW WHAT WHO EVER THE OPPONENT WILL BE THE PRESSURE WILL BE ON THEM. THE BLACK LIONS/WALIYA ANTELOPES HAS ACCOMPLISH A HISTORY FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THEIR BELOVED COUNTRY. WHO EVER THE TEAM, MY GUT IS TELLING ME ETHIOPIA HAS THE CHANCE TO GO THROUGH. IF THAT HAPPENS, I WILL GO TO BRASIL TO SUPPORT MY TEAM WITH THE WILL OF GOD. MY ADVICE TO WALIYAS
1) DON’T MAKE SHORT PASSES AROUND THE GOAL. IF NEAR YOUR OWN GAOL, KICK THE BALL FARAWAY, IF NEAR OPENENTS GOAL KICK THE BALL TO THE NET HARD
2) WHEN ONE STRIKER IS RUSHING TOWARDS THE NET, STAY CLOSER TO HIM. INCASE THE GOAL KEEPER PUSH IT OUT SO YOU CAN SCORE IT
3) BECAREFUL FROM MAKING FOULS.
4) DON’T GET STRESSED….
5)AVOID OPPENENTS FROM SCORING EARLY GOALS….THIS IS THE PROBLEM I SEE WITH THE WALIYAS…IN THIS CRITICAL GAME AN OPENENT MAY SCORE A GOAL EARLY AND LOCK THEIR DOOR FOR THE REST OF THE GAME.
EVEN IVORY COAST, STILL WE CAN BEAT THEM!!
I wish the Walya’s the Best! And I hope for miracles in this regard rare as that might be. But I am realistic: given the defensive frailties of the team, and their first half performance against CAR, I am crossing my fingers. The other nine teams are superior to the Ethiopians to varying degrees.I therefore, see Ethiopia qualifying only if ten teams qualify! Sorry friends, but I just don’t see it. Having said that, I am prepared to eat some craw!!!
With all do respect, I completely disagree with your early assessment Ato Wetu. Don’t diminish your self, let me memorize you the famous ADAW War. Could you imagine during that time, Ethiopian would defeat the Italian? I hope I’ll leave this answer for you. I believe We can bit any team regardless of who ever our opponent is; however the most important issues for our team should be to prepare them psychologically strong as well as to build our team confidence. Above all, with the Almighty of God, we can win and will make history in Brazil. Please let us always be hopeful and think positive. I wish all the best for our Walya’s team.
Addis Gomen is nominated as the goal keeper for the upcoming game against Ivory Coast. Imagine how many goals we would concede through his polio-deformed bracket legs. Don’t also forget how many additional balls he would let in through his exceptionally wide mouth that will never stop blabbering about his rotten god - Meles. The time one manages to recover those balls, the whole stadium would stink like the stream of sewer in front of his home.
You ar doing a great job! However,I don’t think it’s a wise idea to look down on your opponents. Those things you said about the other team before the last game made them all fired up and it almost cost you the victory. Just saying “we are well prepared and we are going for nothing but the win would do just fine". When you look down on your opponents you will get them fired up and you will find out yourself soon enough on the lossing end. don’t do that man!
Oh boy!! I just enjoyed all the comments here. I love my people, my country….being proud of to be part of this nation.
I am really happy for the walias just because they made it this much so far. I wish i could be there, at Katanga Addis Ababa Stadium, for the next two games. Shouting, Crying with happiness at each goal we score, screaming “Mitaw” at each shoot……Guys, i really miss it!! I can’t explain what my feeling is right now….ow i miss it!!! Let me stop before i start carried out……i just love u all out there. Thx Walias for being this much awesome!!! BZW, i prefer to face Nigeria than others….u know we tested them on CAF 2013.
Wishing the team good luck. The team has performed good so far. It is really en purging. I will not be disappointed if they don’t make it to Brazil.
@ Addis Zemen
” instead of jumping up and down like a monkey invaded by fleas.” Like you once were?
BTW, pray for Waliyas because former communists are also required to pray.LOL
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