Ethiopia, among the founding nations of the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF), struggled to qualify for the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the last eight years.
The Walia Ibex had to wait for 31 years to qualify for their last showpiece in South Africa 2013. They had to wait for another eight more years till they finally made it to next year’s Total Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. This comes after their unfortunate exit from the group stages in South Africa.
Ethiopia’s charge for a place in Cameroon next year was fuelled by a brilliant home run where they won all their matches 3-2 over Cote d’Ivoire, 3-0 against Niger and 4-0 over Madagascar.
“Our people absolutely love football, and we have achieved our Africa Cup of Nations dream to make them happy. The Ethiopians deserve this. Now our focus is to build on our team. We will prepare well for the upcoming AFCON as well as the World Cup qualifiers in June,” coach Abate said.
Filed By Agaatorne Douglas Asaah / awakenewsroom.com