It is crunch time for Ethiopia and Congo at the 2014 CHAN who clash in Friday’s Group C survival battle in Bloemfontein.
Both sides lost their opening Group C matches on Monday at Free State Stadium to send their quarterfinal hopes tumbling.
Second from bottom Congo lost 1-0 to number two side Ghana following a fortunate 34th minute goal by Theophilus Annorbaah that settled the contest.
Ethiopia on the other hand are bottom of Group C after coming second best to dark horse Libya losing 2-0 as their depth was exposed with the team devoured of its ineligible influential foreign-based stars like Getaneh Kebede and Saladin Said.
Expectations were high especially for Ethiopia against a hitherto virtually unknown quantity Libya side that came to South Africa with a young and inexperienced side and also qualified by default after opponents Algeria withdrew from the 2014 CHAN qualifiers.
“Football is often like what happened to us and we just have to forget about tonight’s loss and regroup for the Congo game on Friday,” Bishaw said on Monday after the loss and looking ahead to Friday’s must-win clash.
The three points a very vital for Ethiopia with favourites Ghana looming in their final Group C match on January 21.
Meanwhile, Congo too know nothing but a win will do to take as insurance into their final game against leaders Libya on Monday.
Congo will be praying that their much-travelled coach Claude Le Roy’s magic touch will finally manifest itself for them to survive the initial natural selection phase of the competition.