Ethiopia Football Federation general secretary Wolvinken Nllyou believes they can claim at least a point against Ghana in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group F qualifier at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Head coach Ashenafi Bekele has named a 22-man squad for the opening game, after dropping eight players from the provisional roster released last month.
"Our first game is very important because Ghana is a good side. If we just draw with Ghana in an away match, our chances of qualifying will be brighter," Nllyou told Otec FM.
"Our team is well prepared and we have a new coach, who has called some new players and another top player from Egypt.
"A good result in Ghana will bring optimism in our team so we will try to win or at least pick one point from the game although we're aware that Ghana are playing good football and are one of the top countries in Africa but we're determined."
He added: "We know Kumasi and the Baba Yara Sports Stadium very because we've played there before. We're also aware that the supporters will be there in their numbers so we expect a good reception from everyone."
Ethiopia are expected to have their final training session at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Saturday.
In the other Group F game, Kenya will be playing against Sierra Leone.