By Brian Mboh
Absent from the African football scenery for eight years, the Walias head coach Wubetu Abate and squad are optimistic about their participation in this year’s AFCON.
“We are very ready in all aspects. Especially in battling hard to showcase what we are capable of doing against Cape Verde”.
” The Ethiopian squad is under reconstruction, reason why we are playing with an entire local team. It’s true our last games against Ghana and South Africa for the 2021 AFCON was really controversial playing with the video assistant referee. However, it was a great experience so far learned. “.
” We are coming to Cameroon not for a safari tour, but to compare our strength to other nations like Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco and others.”.
“Upon arriving Cameroon, five of our players were declared covid-19 positive and failed to train for seven days. ”
” Our ambition is to qualify for the next round. And to expose the local Ethiopian talents.”
“We know it’s a strong group but we will be one of the surprising teams in the competition. From the onset, we had to hold our training camp in Saudi Arabia due to the ongoing covid, coming to Yaounde for acclimatization was the best option”. Wubetu Abate said
The Walias of Ethiopia are expected to face the Mambas of Cape Verde, in the second encounter to be held at the Olembe arena come Sunday 9th.
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