Ethiopia will win Nations Cup, boasts coach

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Ethiopia coach Bishaw Sewnet has set a bold target to win next month’s Africa Cup of Nations, 51 years after their last triumph.

Sewnet told Aljazeera that Ethiopia’s s qualification to the Africa Cup after a 31-year absence was no fluke.

“We won’t go to South Africa to be defeated,” Sewnet boasted.

“Our aim has always been to bask in glory and we will go to the tourney to do nothing but win the title.

“We have given the youth a chance to prove themselves in this regional outing CECAFA and whoever impresses me in the process will make the team.”

The 1962 champions last Africa Cup appearance was at the 1982 finals held in Libya where they failed to advance from the group stage.

Ethiopia are in the group phase of the 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament along with South Africa, Botswana and Central Africa Republic.

They qualified for the 2013 Nations Cup after they eliminated Benin and Sudan.

They lost the first leg qualifier in Sudan 5-3, but won the reverse fixture 2-0 at home to go through to South Africa on the away goal rule.

Ethiopia are in Group C at next year’s tournament that contains Burkina Faso, Nigeria and defending champions Zambia.

The Walia Antelopes face Zambia in their opening game on January 21 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

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