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Bishaw demands attacking Ethiopia

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has said that his side must face their Africa Cup of Nations clash with Nigeria with a lot of hunger for goals.

Bishaw’s side was defeated 4-0 by 10-man Burkina Faso in the second game of Group C in Mbombela on Friday.

Having taken a point in their first game against Zambia, there were high expectations placed on the Ethiopians going into the game against the west Africans but they fell short after losing inspirational forward Adane Girma to injury early.

And now they must gain a positive result from their clash with the Nigerians, if they are to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the continental competition.

“We didn’t expect this result from the very beginning. We hoped that we would play again like the first game and take a point against Burkina Faso,” Bishaw said.

The Antelopes – who still have a mathematical chance to qualify for the last eight – take on Nigeria in Rustenburg on Tuesday, and Bishaw was aware of the need to be aggressive.

“We’re not going to the field to defend, because defending will only give you one point. Now we must try to play against Nigeria to score goals to have three points,” he said.

“Maybe if we have three points, totally we will have four points, and we may qualify to the next stage.

“Not only will we just score one or two goals, we need to score lots of goals also, otherwise, it is a matter of dignity and to maintain the level of football of our boys.”

Sat 26 January, 2013
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