ETHIOPIA, who are Bafana Bafana's opponents in the World Cup soccer qualifying rounds, are targeting a place in the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations.
To achieve this they need to beat Burkina Faso tonight in Nelspruit and, after drawing 1-1 with defending champions Zambia at the same venue on Monday, Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw is brimming with confidence.
What lifted his spirits was the intelligent use of the ball by his players, their neat interplay and, most of all, their determination.
After an absence of 31 years from the Afcon, there is much excitement among fans back home, and about 25000 supporters made it to Nelspruit for the Monday game.
Most players in the Ethiopia outfit ply their trade in Ethiopia's domestic league, which has helped forge unity in the squad.
Burkina Faso secured a last-gasp 1-1 draw with Nigeria in their opening game, leaving Group C wide open.
Bishaw sees no reason why his side cannot advance to the knockout stages, which would be a major achievement for a team ranked 110th in the world. ""As long as we are performing at our best, why not go to the cup final?" he said.
Ethiopia's star is striker Saladin Said, who plays for Egyptian club Wadi Degla. He worked tirelessly up front on his own against Zambia after his side were reduced to 10 men when their goalkeeper was sent off.