Saturday, September 6, 2014


Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex face a daunting task on Saturday when they host Algeria who just two months away mesmerized Africa with their sublime performance at the FIFA 2014 World Cup hosted by Brazil.
It will be a weekend laden with statistics in a group opening match that will see the teams also face off with Mali and Malawi to decide who makes it to the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 in Morroco.
Ethiopia find themselves in a very  strong group , however with the Walia’s impressive performance in 2013 qualifying for Afcon 2013 and World Cup 2014 playoffs where they lost to Nigeria it will be at ones own peril to write off Ethiopia’s chances in the battle for Morrocco 2015.
New coach Mariano Barreto has his work cut out for him as he seeks to emulate his predecessor Sewnet Bishaw who left an indelible mark at the helm of the national team but after a tour of Brazil, Barreto knows exactly what is expected of him at the highest level in the qualifiers with the first game against the Dessert Foxes in Addis Ababa

Mariano Barreto’s record since talking over Walia Ibex reads 5 losses and 1 draw with four losses in the Brazil tour and one loss against Angola in an International friendly in Luanda.
The players Mariano is likely going to stick with having been tried and tasted include Striking trio Umed Ukuri Alexandria Egypt,Salhadin Said Al Ahly Egypt,Getaneh Kebede Bidvest Wits South Africa.
Abebaw Butako St.George,keepers Sisay Bancha and Jemal Tessaw,Adane Girma,Shemeles Bekele,Addis Hintsa,Thok James.
Ethiopia last won Afcon 1962 when they hosted the tourney and have never been able to achieve the same fete to date.
On the other  hand Algeria football federation has been preparing for this important match ensuring they undertake all the necessary means for the qualification for the Afcon 2015 in Morocco.
The FAF has  indicated,that  the  Dessert Foxes  stay in Ethiopia has been organized since May, underlining that a plane will be chartered with the national company; Air Algerie for the Desert Foxes’ trip to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
The Algerian football association went is leaving nothing to chance and  has also taken all the dispositions to supervise and watch  the matches  of the national team’s future opponents in the ACN qualification group (B)
The Ethiopia vs. Algeria  game will be the first for the Desert Foxes’ new French coach, Christian Gourcuff, who succeeded to Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic, whose contract ended following the World Cup.
Algeria has qualified for four World Cups in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014. Algeria has also won the African Cup of Nations once in 1990, when they hosted the tournament. At the 2014 World Cup, Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a match at the World Cup after scoring four goals against South Korea and they will be fighting to ensure that their top form takes them to Morrocco.Players to watch for Algeria will include