Monday, January 28, 2013

It’s the end of the road for Nigeria, Ethiopians boast

(Jan 28, 2013, Guardian)--ETHIOPIAN players have vowed to add Nigeria to the list of big casualties in this competition when both counties file out for the last Group C game of the Nations Cup here in Rustenburg this afternoon. With two big North African countries, Algeria and Morocco already out of the competition, the Ethiopians say the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be the next to kiss the dust.

While Nigeria has two points from two games, the Ethiopians have one point from the same number of matches, having lost their last game 0-4 to Burkina Faso in Nelspruit.

The defeat to the Burkinabes notwithstanding, the Ethiopians still have the chance of making it to the quarterfinal if they beat Nigeria by any goal margin Tuesday while praying for Burkina Faso to beat Zambia.

Speaking with The Guardian at the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport on their way to Rustenburg, team captain, Gebreyes Degu Debebe, said that they have what it takes to send Nigeria out of the competition.

“We have watched the Super Eagles and they are not a fantastic side. I have told my teammates to have that confidence that we can do it. We have respect for Nigeria but in a competition like the Nations Cup every team has equal opportunity of making it to the knock out stage and that is our target in this competition.

“Having lost to Burkina Faso, the only option left for us is to beat Nigeria and move on. Maybe, we will meet Burkina Faso again and I am sure it will be a different game.”
Source: Guardian

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