The head coach of ‘The Walyas Antelopes’ of Ethiopia, Sewnet Bishaw, has described his side’s pairing against ‘The Super Eagles’ of Nigeria as a “Good Draw.”
Speaking after the event held at the Caf Headquarter in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday, the 60-year-old coach insists his boys have improved on their below-par showing against the African champions at the Cup of Nations, stressing his optimism ahead of the two-legged tie which comes up between October 11 and 15 and November 15 and 19.
“It is a good draw for both teams and we will be looking forward to playing Nigeria again after meeting them at the Afcon 2013,” Bishaw said.
“At that time we were just happy to get back into top level competition and were inexperienced but now we have had many more matches at this level so we will give it a good go against Nigeria.”
Back in January, two late penalties from Victor Moses helped Nigeria down Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium as the West Africans cruised into the quarter-final on their way to winning Afcon 2013.
Months later, Ethiopia emerged surprise winners of Group A after defeating Central African Republic 2-1 on the final day of the 2014 World Cup preliminary round, knocking out the likes of South Africa and Bostwana in the run in.
Nigeria will look to avoid any surprise package from one of Africa’s foremost footballing nation when both sides meet.