Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sewnet Bishaw aiming retaliation over Sudan

ADDIS ABABA: After the high scoring and entertaining Cup of African Nations qualifier with Sudan, which saw Ethiopia lose 5-3, national team coach Sewnet Bishaw believes his side can overcome the deficit and push on to advance to the continent’s top tournament.

Ethiopia is to play host to Sudan on Sunday and needs to win by at least two goals in order to advance. If they can secure a 2-0 victory, they will win on away goals.

“I cannot deny that it was a heavy defeat,” Bishaw told CAFonline in an interview ahead of the match. “But it is possible to reverse that result with a simple 2-0 win in front of our fans.”

He detailed the strange first match between the two sides in saying anything was possible.

“If one remembers the scoring pattern in the first leg one can easily observe that we were able bounce back two times. Sudan had a 1-0 lead, and then we crawled back to 1-1.

Sewnet Bishaw
“The Sudanese side extended the lead to 3-1, it we fought back with two goals to make it 3-3 after 82 minutes. In the remaining 8 minutes Sudan scored two goals from penalties to win 5-3.

“My senses tell me that it is possible to reverse the deficit and gain victory over the Sudanese side,” he added.

Ethiopians are excited about the potential of supporting their home side in the qualifier.

“I think we can achieve success and if you took away the penalties from the first match, we would be in solid position,” one Ethiopian youth and avid football fan told on Wednesday.

“I will be at the match and ready to go all out.”