Ethiopia striker Getaneh Kebede Gibeto has been ruled out of Sunday’s 2014 World Cup play-off first leg against Nigeria

October 8th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

The two sides clash in Addis Ababa in the first leg of the final round of qualifying for Brazil next year.

Getaneh, who was joint-top scorer for Ethiopia’s in the group stages, is ruled out with an injury.

The 21-year-old picked up the ankle injury playing for his South African club Bidvest Wits.

He arrived in Ethiopia to join up with the rest of the Walya Antelopes squad on Tuesday but officials then confirmed he would not recover in time to play against Nigeria.

Ethiopia will instead look to Saladin Said Ahmed, who along with Gibeto scored four goals in the group stages, to spearhead the attack on Sunday.

Saladin also scored twice when the two nations last met in Addis Ababa back in 2011 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier that ended 2-2.

  1. Ittu Aba Farda
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    I have been restless since our kids were paired with this West African powerhouse. I pray for them to win their first match at home because that will give them a tremendous moral boost going to Nigeria for the last game. I still believe that they are not ready for the world cup. If they make it to Brazil, I am afraid they will end up being a punching bag for other teams. Just imagine these very hardworking and not well-experienced young countrymen playing against England, Germany, Italy or any European national team. It will be an onslaught and won’t be pretty sight to behold. I still remember what happened during the 1965 and 1970 Cup of Nations. Our team was trashed beyond imagination which made hate soccer (football) for many years.

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