ETHIOPIA’S DREAM FACES GHANA TEST

ETHIOPIA’S DREAM FACES GHANA=satenawEthiopia’s dream of reaching the U-20 AFCON Zambia 2017, for the first time since 2001, will be tested on Sunday when they entertain Ghana in a Second Round first leg clash in Addis Ababa.

Head coach of the Ethiopians, Girma Habteyohannis is upbeat about registering a positive result when his side takes on the highly rated Black Satellites.

“We have seen some match highlights of our opponent’s game. We gave our players a chance to think about what they should do when they face the Ghanaians. We have prepared well psychologically. Likewise, the fans will for sure turn up to support us and my boys will use the support as a motivation to beat Ghana,” claimed Habteyohannis.

The Junior Walias will be without midfielder Biniam Belay due to injury, but Habteyohannis remains convinced in the squad he has assembled.

“We were forced to drop some players due to injuries. Others were axed for being out of form. We worked to bring some other good players in place of the dropped ones. We still have a problem in our attacking proficiency. I believe we have worked on our finishing ability during our preparations. We all know Ghana, they are a good side. They are one of the most powerful teams in Africa. We will do our best to get a positive result against this strong side,” added Habteyohannis.

On his part, Ghana coach Didi Dramani is hoping for a better outing when the two sides lock horns.

“We don’t have much information about the Ethiopians. All that we know is that it is a qualifier. Once it is a qualifier you need to respect your opponent and keep your preparation at the highest level. Playing in a high altitude area like Addis Ababa needs a lot of strategic elements. I think we have been very positive and we carry a winning mentality. Everywhere we go, we need to carry a winning mentality in order to get the very best result,” said Dramani, who attained global fame after guiding Ghana’s U-17 women’s team to a bronze place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2012 in Azerbaijan.

Ethiopia edged Somalia 4-1 on aggregate at the previous round whilst Ghana drew a bye.

Fixtures

Friday, 20 April 2016

Mauritania vs Mali

Saturday, 21 April 2016

Tunisia vs Senegal

Gambia vs Morocco

Cote d’Ivoire vs Guinea

Burkina Faso vs Congo

Burundi vs Nigeria

Rwanda vs Egypt

Angola vs Gabon

Mozambique vs Lesotho

Namibia vs South Africa

Sunday, 22 April 2016

Ethiopia vs Ghana

Zimbabwe vs Cameroon

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