World football-governing body, FIFA, has appointed veteran official, Walter Gagg from Switzerland as Observer for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying final elimination round match between Ethiopia and Nigeria scheduled for Addis Ababa on Sunday, 13th October.
The world body has also confirmed that the match will start at 4pm Ethiopia time, which is 2pm Nigeria time.
FIFA also appointed Cameroonian referee, Neant Alioum to take charge of the potentially-explosive game, with Alioum’s compatriots Evarist Menkouande, Yanoussa Moussa and Henry Duvalier Mouandjo Kalla as Assistant Referee 1, Assistant Referee 2 and Fourth Official respectively.
Egyptian Essam Siam will be Referee Assessor, with Wilfred Mukuna from Zimbabwe as Match Commissioner and Kenyan Nicholas Musonye as Security Officer.
2014 World Cup Play Offs: Walyas Start Preparations to Play Nigeria
By Collins Okinyo
Ethiopia are not leaving anything to chance ahead of their crucial Fifa World cup play off against Nigeria.
Coach Sewnet Bishaw has been conducting two training session daily with the 23 players already in Camp.
The Walia Ibex have set camp at the prestigious Intercontinental hotel in Addis Ababa and have been training at the EEPCO ground in readiness to the October 13th first leg clash to be played at the National Stadium in Addis.
Sewnet is expected to trim the players as foreign based players are yet to link with the rest of the locally based squad with every player working hard to impress the tactician.
He has called up two new players who also particpated in the Chan qualifers this include Adan Mentesnot of St.George and Mesfin Mulualem of Arba Minch City while Aynalem Hailu an keeper Jemal Tassew have come back from suspension.
Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) are in talks with top sides Cameroon and Ghana as they seek to play friendlies ahead of the Nigeria clash.