Ethiopia aim high ahead of clash with Burkina Faso

TRISTAN HOLME Associated Press Published:

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) -- Following its first match in the African Cup of Nations in 31 years, Ethiopia has revised its ambitions from merely gathering experience to reaching the final.

The change in mindset happened after Ethiopia, down to 10 men, came from behind to draw with defending champion Zambia 1-1 on Monday.

Coach Sewnet Bishaw previously stated Ethiopia was in South Africa mainly to learn, but his optimism has grown thanks to a performance that surpassed expectations.

A victory over Burkina Faso on Friday at Mbombela Stadium would see Ethiopia put one foot in the quarterfinals.

"As long as we are here as a strong team, why can't we go to the cup final?" Sewnet said.