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Getaneh Kebede returns to Ethiopia squad for Nigeria tie

November 13th, 2013
Striker Getaneh Kebede

Getaneh Kebede returns to Ethiopia squad for Nigeria tie

By Betemariam Hailu

BBC Sport, Addis Ababa

Striker Getaneh Kebede has returned to the Ethiopian national team for Saturday's World Cup play-off second leg against Nigeria in Calabar.

The 21-year-old Bidvest Wits player missed the first leg, which ended 2-1 to Nigeria , because of a knee injury

Coach Sewinet Bishaw will be delighted to have his joint top scorer back as the Walias aim to make it to Brazil 2014 for their first World Cup finals.

Striker Saladin Seid and midfielder Shimels Bekele are also in the squad.

Getaneh trained on Monday along with his team-mates, who are mostly home-based players.

Ethiopia intensify Nigeria preparations

November 4th, 2013

Ethiopia intensify Nigeria preparations

by Collins Okinyo

Super Sport

Ethiopia's preparations are in top gear after the arrival of Finland based Fuad Ibrahim in camp ahead of the do or die Nigeria return leg on the 16th November.

Despite the cancellation of an intended friendly against Burkina Faso coach Sewnet Bishaw has been conducting training in Addis Ababa with 23 players in camp .

Bishaw is delighted that the morale in camp was upbeat and he was happy with the training programme. He told that:

"The mood in the camp is very positive it was disappointing for the Burkina Faso friendly to be cancelled but sometimes this things happen. Our focus is on ahead of the Nigeria game as I always believe anything is possible and we will work on our mistakes "
"It will be a tough match in Nigeria but the truth is that we will fight for the entire 90 minutes as we intend to cause an upset " he added.

Players in Camp :

Samson Assefa{Gk} 2.Degu debebe ,Saladin Bargicho ,Biyadgelg Eliyas ,Abebaw Butako ,Mentesnot Adan ,Minyahle Tessome Behailu Assefa ,Adane Girma ,Oumed Ukuri Alula Girma(St.George players) Sisay Bancha {Gk} Birhanu Bogal Dawit fekadu(Debedit players)Jemal Tassew{Gk} Thak James ,Fasika Asfaw (Coffee players),GebreMikel yakob ,Mulualem Mesfin ( Arba Minch players,Derejy Almu {Gk} 2.Aynalem Hailu ,Asrat Megersa(Dashen Bira players),Moges Tadess(Sidama coffee) Medhany Tadess(Defence)and Fuad Ibrahim from Finland league.

Ethiopia deny attack on Nigeria team bus

October 19th, 2013

Ethiopia deny attack on Nigeria team bus

By Betemariam Hailu

BBC Sport, Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has denied that there was an attack on the Nigerian team in Addis Ababa after their World Cup play-off first-leg tie.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said the team bus was attacked by Ethiopian fans and that midfielder Nosa Igiebor was injured.

We've got nothing that shows that a player or any other individual was injured by fans

EFF president Juinedin Basha

The Super Eagles, who won the match 2-1, have reported the incident to Fifa.
But the Ethiopian FA says an investigation led to no proof of the incident taking place.
"There was no attack," EFF president Juinedin Basha told BBC Sport.

"There was no one injured - either players or individuals from the Nigerian team on Sunday. This is what we found out from our investigation.

"We have checked everything. We've got nothing that shows that a player or any other individual was injured by fans.

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Ethiopia: Coach Sewnet Bishaw not fazed by Nigeria ahead of play-off

October 12th, 2013

Ethiopia coach not fazed by Nigeria ahead of play-off

Published by BBC Sport on October 11, 2013

African champions Nigeria travel to Ethiopia for the first of Sunday's 2014 World Cup play-off first legs.
The Super Eagles are overwhelming favourites to make a strong start to the two-legged tie and earn an advantage to take forward to the return match in November.

Nigeria played at the previous World Cup in 2010, while Ethiopia are hoping to make it through the play-offs to reach Brazil and make their first appearance at a finals.

Ethiopia appear to have a daunting task against a Nigeria side full of big name players like John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike.

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A Sleeping Giant in African Football Is Starting to Stir - New York Times

October 12th, 2013
Ethiopian football players during a training session in Addis Ababa ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on January 10, 2013 (AFP, Jenny Vaughan)

A Sleeping Giant in African Football Is Starting to Stir - New York Times

Published in the New York Times October 10, 2013

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Less than a week before the most important match in its history, Ethiopia’s national soccer team trained on a wet, uneven field on the outskirts of the capital. Nearby, a woman hung her wash on a clothesline. Birds of prey circled overhead, and sometimes a plane flew past at low altitude, coming from the capital’s busy airport, which a few months ago added a connection to Rio de Janeiro.

The timing could not have been better. Ethiopia will face Nigeria on Sunday in the first leg of one of five home-and-home playoffs that will determine the five African teams in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. A few years after it was barred from even attempting to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Ethiopia is two games from reaching the tournament for the first time.

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