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After falling 3-0 to South Africa in a supposed 'home' game played on neutral ground Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Cameroun, CAR will yet again play on neutral venue, this time on Stade Alphonse Massemba-Debat in Congo as political unrests in the country continues to hunt them an ideal home advantage in the qualifiers.
CAR no longer have any chance of qualifying to the next phase of the qualifiers. They lie bottom of the group with 3 points they earned at home in Bangui (their only real home match) against Botswana who are just above them in the group. CAR coach Herve Loungoundji said his side would
go all out to beat Ethiopia in order to ease the pains of the fans at home.
Onus will lie on influential midfielder Foxi Kethevoama of Kazakhstan side Astana, Fernander Kessai of Le Mans and Kelly Younga of Wimbledon.
Ethiopia no doubt are playing at the peak of their football and thought had secured their qualification with a 2-1 win over South Africa but FIFA overturned their 2-1 win over Botswana because they fielded an ineligible player in Minyahil Teshome.
They lie atop the group with 10 points and a win for them over the Central African Republic will ensure they qualify to the final round of the World Cup qualifiers. There is good atmosphere in the Ethiopian team and coach Sewnet Bishaw had expressed his confident ahead of this clash calling the tie "an easy game".
Both teams have a reason to give their best today; CAR playing for their fans and Ethiopia needing to prove they can rise up again after points deduction also having their destiny in their hands in their quest to reach a world cup ticket for the first time and should register a victory easy or hard.
"We will win this game against the CAR," the striker said. "The game is at a neutral venue. If we were playing in Bangui, we would be worried.
“Ethiopians will travel to Brazzaville, while I doubt many will come from the CAR, so it could almost be a home game for us."
Ethiopia’s home-based players have had plenty of opportunity to prepare. "The squad has spent one month training in camp,".
"There are only four overseas-based players, and all the home-based players have been part of the
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