Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ethiopia - South Africa Preview: Crunch clash in Addis Ababa

ETHIOPIA

Tassew
Butako, Hailu, Tesfaye, Elyas
Teshome, Megersa, Hintsa
Said, Kebede, Bekele
SOUTH AFRICA

Khune
Ngcgongca, Nthethe, Mathoho, Langerman
Phala, Furman, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala
Mahlangu
Parker 

The Walla Antelopes are one win away from entering into the next round of 2014 World Cup qualification when they host Bafana Bafana on Sunday afternoon


South Africa face a stern test of their credentials on Sunday afternoon, when they lock horns with Ethiopia in Addis Ababa for a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier.

After a positive 3-0 result in Cameroon last weekend Gordon Igesund's charges will have to muster all their spirit to dismantle an Ethiopian side which is unbeaten in its last ten home matches. Playing at 2400 metres above sea level, the South African side will target a win against the Walla Antelopes in order to overtake them on top of Group A. 


The unbeaten sides meet in the most vital clash of their qualifying campaign, as Ethiopia sit merely two points above South Africa. Ethiopia hold all the cards playing at home, as South Africa will face hostile conditions and a team which comprises largely local players who are used to the difficult conditions.

South Africa is waiting on the fitness of Ricardo Nunes who sat out of training on Thursday, but Gordon Igesund has stated that his exclusion was mroe of a precautionary measure. However, Mamelodi Sundowns full-back Tebogo Langerman will replace Nunes if he is deemed unfit.

The South African coach has hinted that he will use pace to overcome Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, with Thuso Phala a likely starter on the right-wing.

Ethiopian striker Saladin Said is set to start the match and poses the greatest threat for South Africa. Said scored against Bafana Bafana in the team's last encounter.
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