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  • October 13, 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Abeba
  • Referee: N. Alioum
  • • Attendance: 22000
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Ethiopia-Nigeria Preview: Walya Antelopes aim to stop Super Eagles

Ethiopia-Nigeria Preview: Walya Antelopes aim to stop Super Eagles

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The East African country will aspire to record their first win over Nigeria in 20 years as well as inch nearer Brazil 2014 if they silence Stephen Keshi’s men in Addis Ababa

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ETHIOPIA
 Morocco

Bancha
Hailu, Debebe, Tesfaye, Bogal
Mentesenot, Megersa, Asfaw, Teshome
Girma, Saladin


NIGERIA
Angola

Enyeama
Onazi, Ambrose, Oboabona, Elderson
Oduamadi, Mikel, Ogu
Musa, Emenike, Moses 


Ethiopia’s expedition for a debut appearance at the Fifa World Cup will face a hard test when they host Nigeria in the first leg play-off tie on Sunday.

How will this much anticipated ‘battle of Addis Ababa’ wrap up? Will it be a stroll in the park for Stephen Keshi’s star-studded side or will it be David slaughtering Goliath which might generate uncertainty over the reigning African kings’ participation in their fifth World Cup ever? Well, ninety minutes of action-packed football will decide.

The Walya Antelopes may well be in disarray following the unavailability of star striker Getaneh Kebede who is condemned to the sidelines due to injury and the distraction of the elections into the executive committee of the Ethiopia Football Federation. But coach Sewnet Bishaw believes his side, ranked a far-flung 93rd in the FIFA rankings, can pull the chestnut from the fire having gotten rid of South Africa to get to this decisive stage.

Plausible as this optimism may sound, the Antelopes will not find it smooth in demystifying the attacking forays of their West African visitors led by in-form Liverpool winger Victor Moses, whose brace made the difference when both sides clashed nine months ago in a keenly contested Afcon tie.

Nigeria have lost just two competitive fixtures since Keshi became manager in November 2011, and all the ‘Big Boss’  will be telling his boys is that a win against their hosts will put them in pole position to qualify for the World Cup.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ethiopia have never qualified for the World Cup finals.
  • Ethiopia, ranked  in the Fifa world rankings, are the lowest ranked team in the play-offs
  • Nigeria coach Keshi scored a brace against Ethiopia as a player in 1982.
  • The Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is expected to influence this game due to its altitude.
  • Ethiopia have only ever defeated Nigeria once in seven matches.
  • Nigeria have won four of the seven matches against their hosts.


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World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) ‎(WCQA)‎ Nov 16, 2013 Nigeria 2 - Ethiopia 0
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World Cup Qualification 2014 (Africa) ‎(WCQA)‎ Oct 13, 2013 Ethiopia 1 - Nigeria 2
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Africa Cup of Nations ‎(ACN)‎ Jan 29, 2013 Ethiopia 0 - Nigeria 2
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Last Five Matches
Ethiopia
Jan 21, 2014Ethiopia 0 - Ghana 1CHAN
Jan 17, 2014Ethiopia 0 - Congo 1CHAN
Jan 13, 2014Libya 2 - Ethiopia 0CHAN
Dec 8, 2013Ethiopia 0 - Sudan 2CSCC
Dec 3, 2013South Sudan 0 - Ethiopia 2CSCC
Nigeria
Jun 30, 2014France 2 - Nigeria 0WC
Jun 25, 2014Nigeria 2 - Argentina 3WC
Jun 21, 2014Nigeria 1 - Bosnia 0WC
Jun 16, 2014Iran 0 - Nigeria 0WC
Jun 7, 2014USA 2 - Nigeria 1FR
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Available Squads
-J. TassewGoalkeeper
4A. ButakoDefender
5Aynalem Hailu RedaDefender
12D. DebebeMidfielder
-Tesfaye SeyoumDefender
19Asrat Megersa GobenaMidfielder
17Adane GirmaMidfielder
-Behalu AssefaDefender
14Minyahile Teshome BeyeneMidfielder
7S. SaidStriker
2S. BekeleMidfielder
-S. AsefaGoalkeeper
-S. BanchaGoalkeeper
3B. BogaleMidfielder
-Moges TadesseDefender
-Saladin BargichoDefender
-Tok Galwak JamesDefender
-Biyadigligm ZewcDefender
-Moges TadesseMidfielder
-A. HintsaMidfielder
-F. AsfawMidfielder
-Dawit FekaduMidfielder
11U. UkuriStriker

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