Monday, November 11, 2013

Saladin ready to give his all

Ethiopia striker Saladin Said says he is ready to give the performance of a life time when he and his team-mates travel to Calabar to face Nigeria in a must-win 2014 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The Walia Antelopes head into the second leg of their play-off clash against the Super Eagles this weekend needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit they suffered at home in the reverse fixture in October.

Saladin had, in fact, seen a goal controversially ruled out in that tie, and Ethiopia's all-time record goal scorer is now looking to right that wrong and help his country book their place at next year's Brazil finals.

"It's amazing how times flies and within a few days we will meet Nigeria once again. It will be a tough match but all in all football is a game that you cannot predict," he told SuperSport.

"The first leg was not good for me after my goal was disallowed, this really affected me, but I have now overcome that and am now ready to give a performance of my life against our opponents."

Said also revealed his delight at strike partner Getaneh Kebede's return to fitness, with the Bidvest Wits striker set to come back into the Ethiopia squad after having made his return in the South African Premier Soccer League last week.

He added: "Nigeria might have the upper hand by virtue of the away goals, but I believe it's not over until the 90 minutes are done and I am happy Getaneh is back to fitness and hopefully we can both help our beloved team to score the important goals in Calabar."