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World Cup Qualifiers: Ethiopia draw 1-1 with South Africa

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"In South Africa, Bafana Bafana dominated Ethiopia's Waliyas in Rustenburg but had to settle for a point after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw.

Salhadin Said Ahmed opened the scoring for Ethiopia in the first half, before Katlego Mphela equalized in the second. The Ethiopian fans outnumbered their Bafana Bafana counterparts and, in the end, they came close to snatching a win away from home. Bafana were in complete control for most of the game but Ethiopia hit them against the run of play from an error by Tsepo Masilela.

Masilela was forced off the field in the 34th minute because of injury, to be replaced by Punch Masenamela."
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Ethiopia out to build on their draw in South Africa
By Durosimi Thomas
BBC Sport, Addis Ababa

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw

Less than a week ago the Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw could stroll the streets of Addis Ababa and nobody would have taken much notice.
Now the 59-year-old waves and embraces Ethiopian fans who greet him following his team's 1-1 away in South Africa in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier.
"The people are very happy - they like it very much when we win," he said.
"For us the result against South Africa was more than a draw - it was a victory," Bishaw told BBC Sport.

Many see the result in South Africa as Ethiopia's greatest result at senior international level since winning the Africa Cup of Nations half a century ago.
"We used to play away against the likes of Nigeria and Guinea and come back beaten but this time we've surprised everyone," he points out.
It was a result that cost South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane his job as he agreed to step down from the job the day after the match.
Although the draw with South Africa's Bafana Bafana did not spark street carnivals, it was enough for fans to sit up and take notice of a team they do not usually expect much from.
It is a sad reflection on one of the founders of the Confederation of African Football and who have hosted the Nations Cup three times and last appeared in the finals back in 1982.
Like many other African countries, the Spanish La Liga and the English Premier League are more popular than domestic football, including the national team.
But this apathy could all change if Ethiopia can get all three points against the Central African Republic this Sunday.
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“We can qualify but we just have to keep winning and working hard.”
Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw
Bishaw, who took over from the Belgian Tom Saintfiet last October, is confident that victory will give his side a major boost to their chances of reaching their first ever World Cup finals.
"The game will be a turning point," he asserts.
"We've obtained one point from a difficult away match and if we could get three points at home, the way [to Brazil] will become smoother and it will be left with us to make use of our chances.
"We have a youthful side and we've only been together for just three weeks."
But the coach admits getting all three points on Sunday will not be easy.
"We won't be leaving anything to chance against Central Africa," Bishaw added.
"We will take them very seriously, especially the fact that they have a line-up of overseas-based players in Europe, Asia and Africa.
"We can qualify but we just have to keep winning and working hard."
Ethiopia are equal on points with South Africa in Group A of the qualifiers, while the Central African Republic top Group A after their 2-0 home win over Botswana last weekend.
That win for the Central African Republic was their first in a World Cup qualifier since they joined Fifa 48 years ago.
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Its about time they got a good result. Lets hope they build on it but when will they get a decent stadium?
That's a good question. Smaller cities all over the country are building stadiums, Addis Ababa is embarrassing itself. Let's start a fundraising? :)
they need to focus on the quality of the pitch than the surrounding though this time around :). The pitch in yidenekachew tesema stadium (the national stadium) is worse than children playing field in the west.
Ethiopia: A sleeping giant

May 10, 2012

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The Ethiopian black lions beat CAR 2-0 to go top of Group A.

The Ethiopian Black Lions defeated Central Africa Republic (CAR) 2-0 in world cup qualification in Addis Ababa today. So Ethiopia jumps to the top of Group A while CAR is in second place. Both goals were scored by Saladin Said, the hero and goal scorer during Ethiopia’s game against the football mighty South Africa. Ethiopians has dominated against CAR. After two games Group A looks as follows: Ethiopia first place with four points, CAR second place with 3 points, South Africa third place with 2 points and Botswana fourth place with one point.
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LOL the national team plays in a mine field and they got that kind of pitch in the country? What a shame. Also, why the hell does ETV always look like their video was shot in the 1970s. My cellphone has better video quality. Unacceptable.
LOL the national team plays in a mine field and they got that kind of pitch in the country? What a shame. Also, why the hell does ETV always look like their video was shot in the 1970s. My cellphone has better video quality. Unacceptable.
Let's celebrate now boy! don't effen up our happy moment
The bitching part should wait after they loose a game, then we will help you,the whining the bitching anything you want lol
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Hope they play a good amount of friendly matches, so they get to know each other. It's a relatively new team.

By the way, is Omed injured? Why hasn't he played?
Nice!! I didn't even know that it was planned.
13 June 2012 Last updated at 14:10 GMT

Ethopia's Saladin Said fit for Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

Ethiopia striker Saladin Said has been declared fit to play against Benin in next weekend's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier second leg.
Saladin suffered a thigh injury during Sunday's 2-0 2014 World Cup qualifying win over the Central African Republic.
The Egypt-based striker, 23, scored both goals for Ethiopia, who have not played in the Nations Cup since 1982.
Saladin was also on the scoresheet in the World Cup qualifying opener with South Africa, which ended 1-1.
The Wadi Degla forward has emerged as an instant household name and poster boy after his decisive goals in the two World Cup qualifiers.
Team doctors in Addis Ababa tried on Tuesday to determine the severity of his injury and whether he could play against Benin.
Saladin had to receive medical attention on the sidelines immediately after scoring Ethiopia's second goal in the 88th minute before returning to finish the game.
Ethiopia claimed a goalless draw with the Squirrels of Benin at home in February and, buoyed by their performance in the World Cup qualifiers, will be hoping to cause an upset in Cotonou.
His two goals against CAR sparked wild celebrations around the country as Ethiopia, who have never qualified for the World Cup at senior level, moved to the top of Group A with four points.
CAR are in second position with three points, followed by South Africa with two and Botswana with one point in bottom place.
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It looks weird to me, but the final result might be good.
pic of the winning design:

Is this real!?!!? I didn't even know this was being planned!! Amazing, real 21st century architecture! Just as y'all were complaining...

Now we can tear down the current stadium and build high-rises.
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