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.
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.
-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.