by Collins Okinyo 14 June 2013 —
Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has warned South Africa’s Bafana Bafana not to expect an easy time when the two sides clash on Sunday in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa.
Bishaw reiterated that their aim was to get all the three points and further castigated Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund for questioning the suitability of the National Stadium in Addis Ababa.
“Our expectations are to beat South Africa and qualify for the third round. We expect to win just the way as we did against Botswana last week. Playing at home is an added advantage since the whole country will be behind us.”
“Our secret of success has been the unity and understanding in the team and this has helped us to go past our opponents easily,” Sewnet Bishaw told supersport.com.
“I really fail to understand why the South African coach should be complaining about the pitch. Those are clear signs of fear and I dismiss his opinion and urge him to let the game be decided on the pitch.”
On whether his players had improved in their disciplinary issues witnessed during the Afcon hosted by South Africa in January, Bishaw was categorical.
“The players are now more disciplined and more experienced. Most of them were playing Afcon for the first time and that made them very nervous but we have since improved a lot and we have brought in the referees committees to enlighten them on the rules of the game.”