Without the presence of twelve of its best squad members “Walia” Ethiopian national senior soccer side encounters its Benin counterpart for 2013 Cup of nations’ first leg qualification match on Wednesday. Head Coach Swenet Bishaw told reporters his side is capable of finishing business at home despite his shortage of great talent.
Thanks to CAF’s chaotic international schedule three international matches take place in five days thus players from the premier league defending champion Ethiopian Coffee and cup holder Saint George are not available for Wednesday’s first leg match in Addis Ababa. Twenty six players the majority from Dedebit and Mugher Cement each throwing in six players had been at a two week camp preparation. Taking Ethiopian Football’s federation lenient stand in to consideration the assumption appears that Benin, nowhere in world soccer map and sitting 137th in FIFA’s latest ranking could never achieve the impossible how so ever football is the most unpredictable sport in planet earth. “Do clubs come before the national side?” many including those with no idea of football are in question.
Nevertheless spear head by premier league leading scorer Getaneh Kebede Walia is expected for an emphatic home win against tiny Benin one step behind Ethiopia in FIFA ranking. After a return leg in Cotonou in two weeks the aggregate winner of the two is to book a place for the group stage.