Ethiopia's Adane Girma celebrates his goal during their African Nations Cup (AFCON 2013) Group C soccer match against Zambia in Nelspruit, January 21, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
Ethiopia will look to extend its lead atop the group A when it takes on Botswana in the CAF World Cup qualifiers.
The winner of the group moves on to the third round where it will face another group winner in a two-legged playoff. The victor gets to move on to the World Cup finals next summer.
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Ethiopia currently sits atop Group A with seven points in three games. The team drew 1-1 in its opener against South Africa but managed to pull off a 2-0 win against Central African Republic and a 1-0 victory over Botswana. Saladin Said leads the team with three goals in three matches.
Meanwhile Botswana sits at the bottom of the group with only one point in three games. A loss to Ethiopia would eliminate Botswana from contention as the club would only be able to obtain a maximum of seven points with victories in its last two games; Ethiopia would have 10 points with a victory on Saturday. The team lost its opener against Central African Republic before drawing 1-1 with South Africa. In its most recent game, Botswana lost 1-0 against Ethiopia.
Prediction: Ethiopia has been dominant throughout this tournament and it is inconceivable that the squad slows down at this point. Look for Ethiopia to cruise to a 2-0 win.
Start Time: Kick off starts at 9 AM Eastern Standard Time.
TV Info: The match will not be transmitted on television in North America.