Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Malawi target Ethiopia in Addis Ababa

Super Sport

 Ethiopia are set to host the high flying Malawi team for the final game of Group B’s 2015 CAF Afcon Qualifiers on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 7:00pm.

Nicknamed the Walias, Ethiopia have lost their previous encounter at the hands of Algeria last Saturday, and occupy position four with one win and four losses.

The Southern African side, known in the continent as the Flames, are flying high after defeating Mali by 2-0 last Saturday. They’re now at position three with two wins and three losses. A win will take them to nine points and their qualification will depend on how Mali and Algeria play.

Robert Ng’ambi, Esau Kanyenda and Josephy Kamwendo are all expected to inspire the Flames against Ethiopia and reignite their chances to reach Equatorial Guinea.

However, the hosts coach, Mariano Barreto, says their match against Algeria was not an easy assignment and their errors cost them dearly.

“It was not an easy game the first 20 minutes were very tough for us - we had the opportunity to score, which unsettled the Algerians,” said Barreto.

“But unfortunately, one of my experienced players made a big mistake to allow Algeria to come back.

“Some of my players are only 19-year old, one of them is 17, we are still learning.

“The third goal is an error of assessment from the referee, in the second half we change our attitude.

“The game was more open and we created some chances, I am counting on Algeria to defeat Mali so we can keep alive our hopes of qualification.”

According to the Malawi coach, Young Chimodzi, their aim is to win in Addis Ababa and his charges are hyped up for the clash.

“I believe we can win and my players believe a victory is in for us, that’s the most important thing for us,” said Chimodzi.

The match to wrap Group B is scheduled to be staged at Addis Ababa Stadium.