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Ethiopia release hit squad for Eagles, ask for more bonus

Bonus problem for Ethiopia
Determined to cause a major upset in the 2014 World Cup qualifier, Ethiopia yesterday released a final 22-man squad for this weekend’s showdown against the Super Eagles in Addis Ababa on October 16.

Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu (L) battles for the ball with Ethiopia’s Said Ahmed during yesterday’s match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. It ended 1-1.PHOTO: AFP
Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu (L) battles for the ball with Ethiopia’s Said Ahmed during a match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. It ended 1-1.PHOTO: AFP

The notable absentee from coach Sewnet Bishaw’s squad is striker Saladin Said who is injured.

The Ethiopians have been in a boisterous mood for the match against the African champions, who have also started camping for the first leg match holding at the 35, 000 capacity Addis Ababa Stadium.

Top on the list of the invited players for the Ethiopians is midfielder Menyahel Teshome, who scored the winning goal in their final group match against the CentralAfricaRepublic.

Teshome, who has been in a rich vein of form said recently that the Ethiopians were less concerned of the Eagles, who they believe would be easily beaten in the high altitude of Addis Ababa this weekend.

Coach Bishaw has already said that their game plan is to get a win at home and fight for a draw in Calabar.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers (4): Dereje Alemu, Jemal Tasew, Samson Assefa and Sisay Bancha.

Defenders (9): A. Butako, Aynalem Hailu, Birhanu Bogale, Degu Debebe, Elias Biadgelegn, Moges Tadesse, S. Bergecho, Siyoum Tesfaye and Toke James.

Midfielders (6):  Adane Mentesenot, Asrat Megersa, Behailu Assefa, Fasika Asfaw, Medhane Tadesse, Menyahel Teshome.

Forwards   (3): Adane Girma, Dawit Fekadu and Oumed Oukri.a

Bonus problem for Ethiopia

Ethiopia are unhappy with the win bonus approved for Sunday’s World Cup playoff against Nigeria, saying it cannot motivate them

Details of the bonus are still not known, but several of the players insist they deserve more.

“We deserve better than what the government has promised us. It seems we are not appreciated by our government,” said one of the disgruntled players.

For the 2013 AFCON in South Africa, the team were reportedly supported by the country’s richest man, Mohammed Al Amoudi. This comes at a time when the Walya Antelopes are sweating on the fitness of their star striker Getaneh Kebede.

Kebede, who has formed a superb strike force with Saladin Said, is nursing an ankle injury and was rested by his South African club Bidvest Wits this past weekend.

He is therefore a major doubt for Sunday’s showdown.

However, team spirit must have been lifted with the arrival of three of the country’s foreign-based stars. Addis Hintsa from Al Ahly Shendi in Sudan, Shemeles Bekele of Al Ittihad of Libya and Asrat Mergasa, who is based in Israel, have joined up with the rest of the squad.


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