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Ethiopia to face Nigeria on October 13
Ethiopia will face Nigeria on October 13 in Addis Ababa in the first leg of a 2014 World Cup play-off, officials said Wednesday.
“The first game is here, the home game, and then they will go after to Nigeria,” Ethiopian Football Federation spokesman, Samsom Getachew, told AFP.
The teams will face off again in Nigeria on November 16, and the overall winners qualify for the 32-nation global football showpiece in Brazil next June and July.
Ethiopia defeated Central African Republic 2-1 this month to win Group A and eliminate South Africa from the World Cup.
The victory means Ethiopia's 'Waliya Antelopes' will face much tougher opponents in Nigeria, who beat Ethiopia 2-0 en route to winning the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last February.
While Nigeria's 'Super Eagles' use a mix of local and Europe-based stars, the bulk of the 'Antelopes' squad is home based.
But Samson said his squad was “eager” going into the match, and felt prepared.
“They are confident, they are very well prepared and they know Nigeria from before,” he said.
Ethiopia, more famed as a nation of long distance runners than footballers, have surprised observers with their repeated victories in the World Cup qualifiers.
The team was docked three points in July after fielding suspended midfielder Manyahile Beyene in a match against Botswana the previous month, but still finished two points ahead of 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa.
We will pluck their wings and send them back like a duck, that is how we fell in Addis!!!
I do love my country…I only Hope Ethiopia will qualify for the 2016 cap of nations!. Nigera has a long and successful history in the ball games. I want Ethiopia to win and I have also impressed by the team’s quick transformation in the venue. I honestly believe we are not there yet…unfortunatly I am favoring Nigera on this one. For any ethiopian who understands football real well, I am sure they know the ugly truth…I will enjoy the game regardless and will not disappointed if my country losses. I know two-three years I head we will make it since we are setting the world class foundation
Ethiopia will be ready to host the 29th FIFA world cup football tournament by 2050. Addis Ababa will also be ready to host the 2052 Summer Olympics.If God wills it.
I wish our team the best. I will be there to cheer them up.
Does anybody know where one can buy the tickets. At the Stadium or somewhere else.
I agree with you Mr. Or Ms. Teddo we’re getting there but not quite there. In another 4 years time we should be good to go.
Go my brothers go, just take it simple and play your game with high discipline. If you pass to Brazil the the same day I will reserve my ticket to RIO. God bless you Wondemoche and love you so much. ETHIOPIA FIRST.
For all those who doubt about our team, you should watch the the full Nigeria vs Ethiopia match on the 2013 African cup, clearly Ethiopians show how talented they were, they had the opportunity to score but luck was not on their side. They know that they need to adjust their defense. I saw how weak and vulnerable the Nigerian defense was. If our team defense adjust and learn from their mistake, they will win at home and at least draw in Nigeria, just mark my word.
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