Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Ethiopia faces Sudan to participate in the African Nations Cup

The latest and final group draw brings Ethiopia to a two leg clash against Sudan. The first leg encounter takes place in September in Khartoum with the return leg after one month in Addis Ababa.
The 2013 nations’ cup final qualification draw hands Ethiopia and its neighbor Sudan where the Ethiopian Walia’s will have a big chance of booking a place in the South African nations’ cup final.
Adane Girma’s return leg single goal stirred Ethiopia to an aggregate 1-1 score line over Benin thus qualifying to the final qualification campaign that brings together 32 sides. When the final draw takes place in South Africa on Thursday, football fans waited anxiously for the final draw believing it is high time to Ethiopia to be back at the nation’s cup final after three decades.
“I hope Ethiopia will make it to the cup final on their current performance, two wins and a draw in three successive matches” a football fan remarked.
However, one must not forget Sudan’s football is on a fast rise to becoming the top football nation among East African nations. Head coach Swenet Bishaw has got a good two months to prepare for the historical showdown and the football federation to get ready to throw in at least two friendly matches.
Don’t forget that September is wrong time for Walia players as they are in pre season with their respective sides meaning short of match fitness.
In other draw, Ivory Coast host the first leg against Senegal, Central Africa facing Burkina Faso at first leg home match while Niger travels to Guinea.