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Ethiopia named 30-man squad to face Nigeria in World Cup Playoffs second leg

Ethiopia named 30-man squad to face Nigeria in World Cup Playoffs second leg

Kouami Sessou . Posted in Africa, World Cup No Comments

The Ethiopian national football team head coach Sewnet Bishaw,will not be dropping any players ahead of the crucial game against Nigeria on Saturday.He is cautiously optimistic about second leg.

Among the players travelling will be six foreign based players including the 24 home based players that will depart from the Bole International Airport on Thursday morning via a chartered Ethiopian Airlines flight direct to Calabar, Nigeria.

Sewnet Bishaw has confirmed that striker Getaneh Kebede has recovered from injury and that his return to fitness has handed the Wallayas a major boost ahead of the clash in Calabar. Getaneh has struggled with injuries for over two months. He missed the decisive World Cup qualifier against Central African Republic and the World Cup play off first leg against Nigeria a month ago.

Despite the good news about Getaneh, there are people who cast doubt about his full recovery. Asked about this Sewnet replied: The doctors told me that he has just started training again with his club in South Africa. But we hope that Getaneh will be with the national team for the match against Nigeria. We are eager for his recovery. It is good if he is with the team. But we are determined to challenge the Nigerian side with or without him,” the coach said.

The travelling players:

Samson Assefa, Degu Debebe, Saladin Bargicho, Biyadgelg Eliyas , Abebaw Butako, Mentesnot Adane, Minyail Teshome, Behailu Assefa, Adane Girma, Omed Okwurry Omod, Alula Girma, Sisay Bancha, Birhanu Bogale, Dawit Fekadu, Jemal Tassew, Thok James, Fasika Asfaw, Gebre Mikael Yakob, Mulualem Mesfin, Dereje Almu, Aynalem Hailu, Asrat Megersa, Moges Tadesse, Medhany Tadesse,Fuad Ibrahim, Yusuf Salah, Getaneh Kebede, Shemeles Bekele, Salhadin Said and Addis Hintsa,

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