The head coach of Ethiopia’s national team, Wubetu Abete has said it will be crucial to have friendly matches before they kick start the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
Ethiopia will open their Group G campaign in September away to Ghana.
“We have now been off season for some time since the League ended and yet our opponents have most of their players training with their teams abroad. The start of such a campaign is very important and that is why we must prepare well,” Abete told Sport News Africa.
Abete who guided Ethiopia to qualification for the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) said they will have a lot of work to do to get the players to good fitness.
“But fitness without matches sometimes is not enough. We need friendly games,” said Abete during an interview at the Bahir Bar Stadium in Ethiopia.
The coach explained that although his players have now developed the zeal to win matches, facing Ghana in the first game of the qualifiers will not be an easy task,” he added.
Bahiru Tilahun, the General Secretary of the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) said they will do all it takes to find some matches for the national team. “We know international friendly matches are important when developing a team,” added Tilahun.
The other teams in Group G include; South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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