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Saladin Said

AFCON 2013: Ethiopia’s star striker eyes Q/final

The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia are back in the Africa Cup of Nations after a 31 year absence and the view of star striker Saladin Said is that they can again tear up the form book and get past the first round

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Said, who plays for Egyptian side Wadi Degla, admitted that the East Africans face a daunting test in the 19 January-10 February tournament in South Africa, but he insisted Ethiopia will fight hard to earn a quarter-final berth.

Tough test


-Our group is very difficult. Nigeria is a big team, and so is Zambia, who won the Nations Cup the last time,” Said, who has scored nine goals in 12 international appearances, told FIFA.com.

-However, our team is also strong. We have lost only one game in the last year, so I believe we can have a good tournament, God willing. We will play with the aim of reaching the next round. He stated.