Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger recently argued that the Africa Cup of Nations is the last tournament in world football where unknown players and teams can emerge to be stars.
"This time in South Africa you will have Ethiopia," he said. "If I ask you to name five Ethiopian players, I am sure you will have a problem."
Wenger's quotes have been used by Bishaw to motivate his team further. But the chance to play against some of the best players in the world, and get his career back on track, is motivation enough for Ibee.
"It's a great opportunity for me," he said. "Soccer can change the the way rest of the world view Ethiopia and Ethiopian soccer. After the goal I scored people recognize me in the street. I hope I do that on the big stage."
"Only God knows. I'll leave it up to God."