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Ethiopia to play friendly football with Tunisia on Monday
By Samuel Yeshiwas
The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia will head to Qatar for their second pre-AFCON friendly against Tunisia on Saturday evening. The game that will be played on Monday, January 7 in Doha is expected to provide a rough challenge for Ethiopia, one that can simulate what they would be facing when the tournament starts in South Africa.
Tunisia previously planned to play Egypt on Monday but after the Egyptian football federation decided to cancel the game for undisclosed reasons, they were forced to look for other opponents and Ethiopia fitted the bill.
The Tunisia national team, nicknamed Carthage Eagles, are a force in the African football and regular visitors to the Africa Cup of nations’ finals. Tunisia have been to every final since 1994, but they only managed to lift the trophy once on home soil in 2004. The Carthage Eagles will have good memory of South Africa as the last time they visited in 1996; they finished runners up to the hosts.
The current Tunisia squad is comprised of almost an equal proportion of home-based players and players who play their football abroad. The team includes 12 players who play in France, Spain, Ukraine, Switzerland, Kuwait, Qatar and Belgium with the stand-out being Athletico Madrid’s midfielder Abdelkader Oueslati. Home sides ES Tunis, ES Sahel and Club African are the clubs with the largest share of players in the national team. The team is coached by Sami Trabelsi who played as a Left-back for Tunisia in the 1996, 1998 and 2008 African Cups and in the 1998 World Cup.
Much like Ethiopia, Tunisia advanced to the 2013 AFCON finals by beating Sierra Leone in the away goals rule after the game finished in Tunis 0-0. The two sides had played a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Sierra Leone.
The Carthage Eagles were victorious in a friendly against Iraq last weekend as they beat their opponents with a score-line of 2-1. Strikers Issam Jemma and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef were the goal scorers for Tunisia.
Having beaten Niger in Addis Ababa last week, Ethiopia are also high in morale. With Striker Saladin Said joining the team and the other star forward Adane Girma now cleared off the condition that had him sidelined in the previous game, the finishing problems that were evident against Niger may not be seen against Tunisia.
When asked about the game, Coach Sewnet Bishaw said “Tunisia is a big team; It is a team that regularly features in the African Cup of nations and also has a good football ranking from Africa. Playing with a team like Tunisia, we can determine what our capabilities and abilities are.”
This is expected to be the final friendly match for Ethiopia as all the other games planned have been cancelled due to different reasons. Tunisia, however, will play Ghana and Gabon in Abu Dhabi before heading to South Africa to take part in the tournament.
The game will be Live on JSC sports free to air channel on Arab sat on Monday, 5pm Ethiopian Time (GMT+3:00).
Tunisia is one of the best teams in Africa. Being in the cup of nations tournament since 1994 in every one of them tells it all. And on top of it, the team has 12 international pro players.
This is the right measuring stick to tell where our Walyas stand.
Good Luck Walyas!!
The eritrean football federation has announced that the whole squad of its footballers actually go for international tour for freindship match. Some Ethiopian and america delibratelly propagate their lies as usual. The return of the team is not yet decided.
Believe The presence of adane &salahadinin thes willsolve the goal scoring problem,themid fieldplay was to null during the match againt nigersewunet have to work hard in this areaballs should pasto theforward players appropriatelynontheless believethe teamwill Tunisia
I hope Coach Sewnet Bishaw is cleaver enough to make sure that players don’t get burnout and don’t get any injury .because this friendly game is too close to the actual tournaments day .The best thing he can do is to use all his reserve players to reduce the risk of injury and burnout .Good luck to our boys.
Here is a internet live stream link from First row. The game is already up. Enjoy.
so far good performance
Saladin scored the equilizer. This team is for real!!!!!
Goal within 4 minutes is what worries me about the Ethiopian team!!!
@Extraterrestrial - Assab
It was a penalty and according to some commentators it was awarded to Tunisia unfairly. But you have to give to the Walyas for coming back and level the game. They were also able to dominate the Tunisians in ball possession. Zambia, one of our biggest opponents at the 2013 AFCON, lost all of the last three friendly matches. This means we may have a shot at the defending champions
A goal in the first 4 minutes is nothing to worry about. But shuting of this big calibur Tunisian team for the rest of the game almost 90 minutes and even outplaying them is a great achievment and encouraging to the whole team.
Good luck Walyas!
Ethiopia 1 Tunisia 1
Selahadin Said 64´
way to go
viva Ethiopia and i´m for sure not
I share Extra-Aseb’s concern. Allowing a goal at the 4th minute just shows inexperience and makes winning very difficult specially if the opponent is a well organized defensive team. Being a slow starter in soccer game is no good. Most games are determined by 1 goal difference. The couching stuff better address this issue. I did not watch the game but, from what i hear they did good in sticking to the plan and finally equalizing the game against a very good team. I give them credit on that. With this result, we should face any team with confidence. If you remember, we did get a draw against Nigeria a year or so ago. Respect our opponents, but show no fear or mercy on the field. We can defeat anyone if we believe in ourselves. I can’t wait to watch us playing Nigeria!
kul [Visitor]& addis zemen [Visitor]
I agree with you it is a great team and a great achievement but early goal is annoying and costly.
You got that right, and that’s exactly the whole point. That, our team didn’t get desturbed and annoyed with that particular early goal, but played a great game dominating the rest of the way. That takes a real solid team. Because of this quality our Walyas possess so far with all their games, their chances of winning it all is getting higher and higher by me!
They have that fighting blood in them! Never give up!
@Extraterrestrial - Assab
Our team lost only one of the last 10 games. In more than two occasions, our players managed to come back after conceding a goal. Their fighting spirit is what makes them different from all previous teams. If you remember the Khartoum game, we were trailing 3-1 at half time in Khartoum. But the infallible Walyas were able to score two goals and make the score 3-3 until that Cameroonian referee unfairly gave Sudan two penalties. I am not saying that they should not work avoiding early goals. They should if possible. But conceding an early goal is not the end of the game. Our team seems to have developed a “Man U” type of mentality in which you fight till the last second of the game.
The Ethiopian football team is comming to its deserved place slowlly but surely.
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