Ethiopia vs Burkina Faso : Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations

  • Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Date: Friday 25 January
  • Kick-off: 18:00 GMT

Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, TV coverage for who lives in UK on Eurosport and ITV

For North America Watch it online on ESPN3.com

Burkina Faso have called Marseille midfielder Charles Kabore into their starting line-up as they look to build on their draw with Nigeria.

But striker Alain Traore will again start from the bench despite scoring the goal that earned them their point.

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Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has promised to make a number of changes but would not reveal names.

But he will definitely have to replace keeper Jemal Tassew, who is suspended after being sent off against Zambia.

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Ethiopian National Team

 

Burkina Faso coach Paul Put:

“We have a lot of respect for the Ethiopian team. Any team that can draw with Zambia after playing against them with only 10 men after 30 minutes, that says a lot.

“They are physically very strong because they are used to playing and training at an altitude of 3,000 feet – it also means they will recuperate faster than us, but we will not make excuses.

“Tactically, we know their strengths – they like to play combinations of short one-twos. We know what we will face.

“We must try to read the game at the start and see how we will play. We will not be open in the beginning.”

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw:

“The match against Zambia was our first experience after 31 years so, it was fantastic for our football.

“The players have shown their characters, and they have shown the rest of the world they can play football.”

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source: BBC Sport

 

 

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