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With a mathematical chance of going through to the last eight, the Walya Antelopes’ trainer says that his side must go into their last game against the Eagles in search of victory

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bissaw has said that his side must face their last encounter against Nigeria with a lot of hunger for goals if they are to go through to the quarter finals.

The Walya Antelopes were defeated 4-0 by ten-man Burkina Faso in the second game of Group C in Mbombela on Friday.

Having taken a point in their first game against Zambia, lots was expected from the Ethiopians going into the game against the west Africans but they fell short having lost inspirational forward Adane Girma to injury early.

“We didn’t expect this result from the very beginning. We hoped that we would play again like the first game and take a point against Burkina Faso,” said Bissaw.

The Antelopes who have a point still have a mathematical chance to qualify for the last eight when they play against the Super Eagles next week.

“We’re not going to the field to defend, because defending will only give you one point. Now we must try to play against Nigeria to score goals to have three points.

“Maybe if we have three points, totally we will have four points, and we may qualify to the next stage.

“Not only will we just score one or two goals, we need to score lots of goals also, otherwise, it is a matter of dignity and to maintain the level of football of our boys,” he said.

Ethiopia will play against Nigeria in Rustenburg on January 29.

 

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