Seyoum Kebede optimistic about Ethiopia’s squad in SA


Ethiopian National soccer team assistant  coach Seyoum Kebede has high hopes that his youthful team will have a bright future and stated that they are destined to create a massive impact at the Orange Africa Cup of Nations  in South Africa.
Ethiopia will be part of the 16 teams participating  in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations championships that will go down in South Africa.
The last time Ethiopia qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations was in 1982. Despite winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup four times, the Ethiopian National team has found it hard to penetrate into Africa’s biggest soccer bonanza, the Africa Cup of Nations. However, after beating Sudan 2-0 at home, they booked a place in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Ethiopia used the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup as a preparation ground for the championship as they are pooled in a tough group that consists of  defending champions Zambia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. Coach Seyoum Kabede is optimistic that the Antelopes will leave a positive mark in the Africa Cup of Nations and he has set a goal of at least reaching the quarterfinals.
“We look like the underdogs because all the other teams are very experienced unlike us who have been out of the tournament for decades. Our team is mostly made up of locally based players and we only have one pro player who plays in Egypt. Take Zambia and Nigeria for example; almost 80 per cent of their players play in European leagues,” noted Seyoum.
“We aim at least to qualify to the quarter finals. I am confident that we can make it because our team has a lot of self-belief. This is a golden chance to prove our worth on the African continent,”  the assistant coach  added.