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Ethiopia get tough draw for 2012 Cecafa Challenge Cup
By Andrew Jackson Oryada
BBC Sport, Kampala
Ethiopia have been handed a tough draw for the upcoming Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup in Uganda.
The Waliya Antelopes - the only East and Central African country to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations - have been pitted against Kenya, newcomers South Sudan and defending champions Uganda in Group A.
The draw for the tournament, which will be held between 24 November and 6 December, was made on Monday at the Serena Hotel in Kampala by Cecafa secretary general Nicholas Musonye.
Ethiopia will play the opening match of the competition against South Sudan.
Uganda coach Bobby Williamson told BBC Sport that playing Ethiopia and Kenya in the same group makes it very difficult but he hopes that his youthful team can stand up to the challenge and retain their title.
A: Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan
B: Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Somalia
C: Rwanda, Malawi, Zanzibar, Eritrea
I think we don’t want anybody to tell us that. It is obvious.
South Sudan is not an easy team by the way, they got a draw 2-2 with Uganda in a recent friendly match.
The Ugandan coach is crying seeing Ethiopia in the same group with them. This days Ethiopia is a team that can spark fear in any African team. There are wikileaks information the Nigerian national team is studying Ethiopian short crisp passes in a video.
The big surprise Ethiopia made is that she was be able to call three brand new Ethiopian players who play outside Ethiopia never seen in the national team before, this will make Ethiopian team performance dramatic than ever before in CECAFA Cup. If Ethiopia perform well in this Cup it will be a great moral boast for the Ethiopian team and also the nation to keep the football euphoria going on in the country.
Very good for Ethiopia since we are not in schedule for friendly match with any country as of now, this definitely will give them advantage preparation for the African Cup.
@ Extraterrestrial who are those 3 foreign country based players , do u know their names ?
What I know according ETV Sport news is that there three Ethiopian foreign players now included in the Ethiopian national team.
I don know they have been persuading Youssouf Hersi from Holland to play whether he accepted or not I don’t know, I really don’t know how he even can play for Ethiopia since he is taken as a refugee with his family to Holland while a mall boy and probably acquired Dutch citizenship but, I am sure they were contacting him. Another Ethiopian they asked is Fikru Lemessa who is playing in Vietnam and I have heard him wanting to play for the national team in an interview recently while he was back home for a visit. I really don’t know who are those three players but, ETV sports news reported there are three new Ethiopian foreign players in the national team.
I have seen video of Youssouf Hersi playing and he is an amazing attacker, you should watch his highlights if you haven’t seen him yet, i know you will be surprised:
For the dude who commented earlier:
wikileaks info on Ethiopian soccer?
Three players who play outside of Ethiopia?
There is not a famous player who is eligible to play for Ethiopia. There may be some unknown in the a backwater league. Fikru is erratic and has not even done well in Vietnam. The team should be kept as it is and given enough opportunity to play against good teams. It is good that they face Uganda. This should not be enough though. They should play big teams not minnows from our region.
Nazret.com it is time for you to create a side bar where we can give thumbs up and down and auto replay for individual comments. This is just my personal opinion, and I believe this will make the site more attractive, and helps for us to discuss our thoughts openly.
I remember back in 2001, Youssouf HERSI requested EFF to allow him play for Ethiopia. The sport newspapers in Addis Ababa were wrIting a lot of stuff about him. We all hoped that EFF will accept Youssouf’s request. But the knuckleheads at EFF said no. He then was able to find a place at the Dutch Under 20 team. I never forget our 2001 Under 20 team. They were amazing. They lost all of the first stage games but they played a good football. Interestingly, Ethiopia and Holland were in the same group. We lost 3-2 and Youssouf HERSI was the scorer of the second goal for Holland.
How come you did not label Salahadin?
He is not like you from the cave god.
How about Al-Amoudi? Do you believe he was the reason for this success? If so how come you did not label him too?
You get pleasure when Ethiopian Muslims humiliated, killed, tortured and jailed like Eritreans used to be during H.Sellasie. Here you use them for your pleasure and boasting.
You ruined nationalism, oneness, and freedom of religion.
Your ass flashes when you see passive success.
how did you end up talking about muslims? Or are you implying that only muslims should take the credit because Salhadin was outstanding ?
coming to the real topic, if there are good players who plat in foreign countries, i would like to see them. and if someone knows who these three players are please do let us know.
Good Luck to our players. If only all of us would get along and work as a team just like our great team is doing.
Ethiopia is not sending her strong team for the CECAFA Cup but there are two new foreign players, one is Fikru Teffera from Vietnam and Fuad Ibrahim from the US.
It is understandable why they did this, It seems Ethiopian football is having hectic time for the players, there should be friendly matches both the African Cup and World Cup and also include the Ethiopian Premier League going on right now.
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