Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ethiopia trim squad



Sewnet Bishaw, head coach of the Ethiopian National team, on Wednesday announced the final 23-man squad that will face Botswana and South Africa in two crucial World Cup qualifier matches. Nine players were dropped from the 32 players that had pitched camp in Addis Ababa.

All of the players in the team are home based with the exception of goal poacher Saladin Said who plays for Lierse S.K in the Belgian top flight. Dedebit FC lead the pack in the number of players selected with 9. St George FC, who on Sunday made the group stages of the lucrative CAF Confederations Cup, are second with 6 players. Coffee FC follows with 3 while Sidama, Harar Beer, Insurance, and EEPCO have all contributed one player each.

Dedebit FC’s duo of Getaneh Kebede and Addis Hintsa; whom, reports say, have signed to Sudanese giants Al Hilal and Ahly Shendy respectively, are included in the team.

The Walya Antelopes started their preparation last month by beating Sudan 2-0 in a friendly match and will be hoping to further boost their world cup bid with an away victory over Botswana.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ethiopia beat Sudan in AU commemorative match


          2 - 0

Ethiopia recorded a 2-0 victory over regional rivals Sudan in Addis Ababa in a friendly match set up by the African Union to mark the OAU/AU golden jubilee. The fixture was the first friendly match for the two national teams ahead of their crucial world cup qualifier games next month.

Coach Sewnet Bishaw had only 22 players out of the 31-man preliminary squad available for selection as Saint George FC did not release players due to their rescheduled Ethiopian league match against EEPCO and the CAF Confederations Cup play-off round away leg against ENPPI.

Coffee’s keeper Jemal Tassew was chosen over Sisay Bancha, while, at the backline; another Coffee youngster, Tok James, was given his debut for the National team. Dedebit’s Aynalem Hailu paired with Tok to form a strong defensive line, Berhanu Bogale and Moges Tadesse completed the back four. Addis Hintsa, Asrat Megersa, and Tilahun Wolde all started the match at the middle with Behailu Assefa and Efrem Ashamo playing at the flanks. Getaneh Kebede was the only man upfront.

The Walya Antelopes started the game intending to score first but, apart from a couple of off target shots by Getaneh Kebede, were only able to test the Sudanese keeper only once through Efrem Ashamo who fired from outside the box targeting the top corner but the keeper was up to the task.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

31 players called for Sudan friendly

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has released a list of 31 players for Saturday’s friendly match against Sudan. The game is part of the celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the OAU/AU, but it will also go a long way helping the two national teams prepare for their respective world cup qualification matches next month.

The squad made public on Tuesday is dominated by Dedebit FC and St. George FC with 11 and 9 players selected respectively. Coffee is third with 4 players followed by EEPCO with 2. Defence, Insurance, Hawassa City, Sebeta City, and Sidama Coffee have contributed 1 player each.

Saint George’s forward Adane Girma, who has not played a single match after the Ethiopia Vs Botswana game in March due to injury, is one name on the list that could result in a tussle between the EFF and his club as the player is not a 100% yet and only started light training last week. St George are hoping to have him fit for the CAF Confederations Cup playoff round away leg match against Egypt’s ENPPI however, a premature return to competitive football may aggravate his injury.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ethiopia maintains Group A supremacy

Getaneh Kebede of Ethiopia
Ethiopia beat Botswana 1-0 in Addis Ababa on Sunday to stay top of Group A in the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The Walias lone goal came from second half substitute striker Getaneh Kebede who scored the late winner in the 88th minute.

Kebede had been on the pitch for less than 40 minutes after replacing midfielder Adane Girma at the start of the second half.

Ethiopia remains unbeaten in Group A on seven points from three games, two more than second placed South Africa.

Bafana meanwhile, collected their three points in the race to Brazil after beating third placed Central Africa Republic, who have three points, just 24 hours earlier in Cape Town.

Botswana stays bottom of Group A with one point from three matches ahead of their return leg fixture against Ethiopia on June 6 in Gaborone.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Five New Faces in National Team

Coach Sewnet Bishaw has unveiled a 22-man list of players that will face Botswana at home in a crucial world cup qualifying match later this month. The new team includes 17 players who featured in the last African Cup of Nations in addition to the 5 new players who impressed the coach to earn their way into the squad.

All 22 players called are home based with Dedebit FC, runners up of the Ethiopian premier league last year, supplying nine whereas St. George FC is second with eight players. Coffee FC is placed third with two selections while EEPCO, Commercial Bank and Sebeta City have one player each.

The five new players joining the band are Yonatan Birhanu of St. George, Aklilu Ayenew of Dedebit, Fitsum Teferi of CBE, Efrem Ashamo of Coffee, and Dereje Alemu of Sebeta. Three domestic players who were part of the team that participated in the last AFCON were left out. The players are Oumed Ukuri (St. George), Zerihun Tadele (St. George), and Dawit Estifanos (Coffee).

There were a few surprises concerning the selection, including the fact that no player from Awassa City, who were leading the Ethiopian Premier League until Thursday when they went down 2-1 against Dedebit, was invited to join the team. Striker Mohammed Nassir of Insurance FC, who is one of the revelations of the season with 9 goals in 10 games; second only to Getaneh Kebede, should also be considered as a big exclusion.