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Ethiopia bring in new faces for Cecafa Challenge Cup

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11/18/12

  10:38:14 am, by admin, 295 words  
Categories: Sport, Football

Ethiopia bring in new faces for Cecafa Challenge Cup

Ethiopia bring in new faces for Cecafa Challenge Cup

By Durosimi Thomas

BBC Sport

Ethiopia have announced a squad which includes more than a dozen uncapped players for this month's Cecafa Challenge Cup in Uganda.

The former African champions will be without the majority of the players who helped the team qualify for next year's Nations Cup in South Africa after a 31-year absence.

Midfielder Yared Zenabu, of Ethiopian league champions Saint George, is the only player in the squad who contributed actively in the 2013 Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

The 14 uncapped players are home-based except for Abraham Kassa who plays in Alabama in the United States.
Perhaps, the most experienced player in the 21-man squad is globetrotter Fikru Tefera, who has played in Europe, Africa and Asia. The other foreign-based player is Yusuf Salah, of Swedish club Syrianska.
The inclusion of both Salah and Kassa forms part of Ethiopia's drive to search for overseas-based players of Ethiopian origin to strengthen their squad for the Nations Cup.

Ethiopia have been drawn in Group A of the Cecafa Challenge Cup, along with hosts Uganda, neighbours Kenya and South Sudan.

They will open the competition against South Sudan on 24 November at the Namboole Stadium. The final will be played on 8 December at the same venue.

Goalkeepers: Binyam Habtamu (Hawassa City), Samson Asefa (Harar Beer), Deraje Alemu (Sebeta City)

Defenders: Moges Tadesse, Robel Girma (Sidama Coffee), Girma Bekele (Hawassa City), Mehari Mena (Commercial Bank Ethiopia)

Midfielders: Gatoch Panomo, Masood Mohamed (Ethiopia Coffee), Yared Zenabu, Mesfin Kidane (Saint George), Tilahun Wolde (Defence), Abdul Karim Hassan (Electricity), Elias Mamo (Commercial Bank Ethiopia), Mulualem Mesfin (Arba Minch)

Strikers: Dawit Fekadu, (Dedebit), Yonathan Kebede (Electricity), Amele Milkias (Arba Minch), Fikru Tefera (Thanh Hoa, Vietnam), Abraham Kassa (Alabama College, USA), Yusuf Salah (Syrianska, Sweden)

7 comments

Comment from: Extraterrestrial [Member]  

Obviously the Ethiopian national team is too busy and too tired with the many hectic activities and need only to concentrate on its mission in South Africa. Looks like Ethiopia is more focused for the African Cup of Nations than the East and Central African Cup. It also looks like experimenting by allowing new players to play in CECAFA to be selected for the African Cup, in any way it looks good with signs of development in Ethiopian football.

Can’t wait to see where Ethiopia will be by the end of CECAF and African cup nationss!

11/18/12 @ 10:54
Comment from: Mohammed Aman [Visitor]
Mohammed Aman

The inclusion of Fikru Tefera (Thanh Hoa, Vietnam), Abraham Kassa (Alabama College, USA), and Yusuf Salah (Syrianska, Sweden) is fantastic.

I think it would have been better to include some more additional mid fielders from the squad who has contributed for the qualifications to CAF SA.

Anyways, it will help to pick 3 - 5 good players who can be included to the team that will head to SA.

We should also think about the friendly for the rest of the team before January 9, 2013.

11/19/12 @ 03:47
Comment from: Warriro [Visitor]
Warriro

Mohammed Aman

I agree with you that we should focus on some friendly much. At first I though it would be a good experience for the original squad to play in the CECAFA since they are not played any friendly much as of now. But it looks like the strategy has changed to my surprise with this new squad, like you said is a good opportunity to pike 3-5 players.
I hope they will pike Defenders and midfielders rather than strikers because we should be good to go with original squad strikers Saldin, Adane, Shemeles and Getaneh Kebede. And hopefully they will include Gatoch Panomo from (Ethio Coffee club) and perhaps the other brother from Gambela Region Umad Mukrie (Saint George club). Generally, I like the whole idea of giving opportunity for the new squad. This way we will discover a great talent. Good luck for Ethiopia!!!

Thanks

11/19/12 @ 05:14
Comment from: Warrior [Visitor]
Warrior

Mohammed Aman

I agree with you that we should focus on some friendly much. At first I though it would be a good experience for the original squad to play in the CECAFA since they are not played any friendly much as of now. But it looks like the strategy has changed to my surprise with this new squad, like you said it is a good opportunity to pike 3-5 players.
I hope they will pike Defenders and midfielders rather than strikers because we should be good to go with original squad strikers Saldin, Adane, Shemeles and Getaneh Kebede. And hopefully they will include Gatoch Panomo from (Ethio Coffee club) and perhaps the other brother from Gambela Region Umad Mukrie (Saint George club). Generally, I like the whole idea of giving opportunity for the new squad. This way we will discover a great talent. Good luck for Ethiopia!!!

Thanks

11/19/12 @ 05:17
Comment from: wendu yewendoch wend [Visitor]
wendu yewendoch wend

Wonderful plan, good preparation. EFF and coach Sewenet are doing great.
Dele dele yehewnew amele
Ayaho ho
Mata new dele..

11/19/12 @ 14:16
Comment from: Banda Geday IV [Visitor]
Banda Geday IV

Usless, usless, usless Federation. Had they been smarter and faster they might have have had a chance of persuading Gebreselassie of Bayer Leverkusen, before he made his final choice to play for Czech Republic.

We still got Youssouf Hersi who, given he’s fit, he’s 30 after all, he’d still be great asset to our National Team. The son of two diehard Ethiopians and Dutch immigrants - playing for top Clubs in Eiredivision including Ajax - was ignored by the useless Federations a few years ago despite his wilingness to play for Ethiopia.

Anyway, leaving the biterness aside, good luck and congra for applying the new & winning thinking strategy.

11/19/12 @ 18:23
Comment from: werner2010 [Visitor]
werner2010

@Banda Geday
Do you seriously believe that Gebreselassie would have rather played with the amature Ethiopian side than with world class players like Tomáš Rosický and Milan Baroš? Not a chance.
Besides TG has no connection to Ethiopia whatsoever. By the way his sister Anna plays handball for the Czech national team.
I think Hersi could still mean a great enhancement for our side, if he is willing to join our national team.

11/20/12 @ 16:47

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