Both teams will use the friendly match to fine tune their squads ahead of the tournament that will take place in the course of three weeks starting January 11 in South Africa. It is a tournament that is sorely reserved for professionals who ply their trade in the domestic leagues of their countries.
“We contacted a number of countries also heading to the 3rd Orange African Nations Championship and we are delighted that the Ethiopians accepted our offer. They will arrive in Nigeria on Friday (today), play the game on Saturday and depart from Abuja on Sunday,” said Amadu.
The Ethiopians who knocked South Africa out of the running for the 2014 Fifa World Cup are drawn in Group C of the competition alongside Ghana, Congo and Libya while their Nigerian opponents will tackle South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in Group A.
Group B features Zimbabwe, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Uganda and the final Group D has the current champions, Democratic Republic of Congo who won the inaugural tournament in 2009, Mauritania, Gabon and Burundi.