Sewnet Bishaw, head coach of the Ethiopian National team, on Wednesday announced the final 23-man squad that will face Botswana and South Africa in two crucial World Cup qualifier matches. Nine players were dropped from the 32 players that had pitched camp in Addis Ababa.
All of the players in the team are home based with the exception of goal poacher Saladin Said who plays for Lierse S.K in the Belgian top flight. Dedebit FC lead the pack in the number of players selected with 9. St George FC, who on Sunday made the group stages of the lucrative CAF Confederations Cup, are second with 6 players. Coffee FC follows with 3 while Sidama, Harar Beer, Insurance, and EEPCO have all contributed one player each.
Dedebit FC’s duo of Getaneh Kebede and Addis Hintsa; whom, reports say, have signed to Sudanese giants Al Hilal and Ahly Shendy respectively, are included in the team.
The Walya Antelopes started their preparation last month by beating Sudan 2-0 in a friendly match and will be hoping to further boost their world cup bid with an away victory over Botswana.