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Teshome fires Ethiopia to victory
by Collins Okinyo
Source: Super Sport
Ethiopia are through to the playoff stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after coming from a goal down to beat Central Africa Republic (CAR) 2-1 in their final Group A clash played in Brazzaville on Saturday.
Menyahel Teshome was the hero for the Walia Antelopes firing in the winner to seal an historic moment for the East African nation.
It was a special moment for the midfielder as it was his fielding against Botswana that saw the side docked three points by Fifa as he was ineligible to play.
Following the win, Ethiopia top Group A with 13 points, two ahead of South Africa who beat Botswana 4-1 in Durban.
Needing a win to stay to seal progress, Ethiopia suffered a blow before kick off after striker Getaneh Kebede failed to shake off a knock with Omod Okwury Omod taking his place.
The nerves were evident early on as Ethiopia struggled to settle against a lively CAR side.
They then found themselves a goal down after 20 minutes when Salif Keita scored from close range to stun the group leaders.
Coach Sewnet Bishaw made a change at halftime withdrawing the off colour Okwury and introducing Behailu Assefa.
The equaliser came three minutes after the restart through playmaker Salhadin Said who found the back of the net to bring the visitors level off an Adane Girma assist.
Ethiopia now had their tails up with Girma playing a major role. The veteran went close on 59 minutes but CAR keeper Prince Samolah made a fine save.
They went ahead on the hour mark and once again it was Girma who created the goal setting up Teshome who rifled the ball home.
Ethiopia beat Central African Republic 2-1 to secure a place in the World Cup playoff
Ethiopia defeated Central Africa Republic 2-1 today in Brazzaville, finishing in first place from Group A of the 2014 World Cup qualifier. Ethiopia now advances to the final round of games to secure its place for World Cup 2014 in Brazil. For the first time in its history, Ethiopia finishes first in its group in World Cup qualifications. It is now just two games away from the historic appearance at the World Cup.
In the first half, Central Africa lead Ethiopia 1-0 and the Walyas managed to score two goals in 16 minutes to take the lead 2-1. Despite a 4-1 victory against Botswana, South Africa is out of the competition finishing second behind Ethiopia in Group A. Ethiopia will soon know which team will it face for the final round.
The first leg of the final round will take place between October 11 and 15 and the second leg of the final round is scheduled between November 15-19.
Ethiopia has achieved incredible results under Coach Sewnet Bishaw, advancing to the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 31 years and now securing a place among African top 10 football nations for the ultimate prize in football, a place at the world cup.
Not really impressed…Anyone who ACTUALLY watched the games knows our success has more to do with poor showing of other teams.
STILL 10 African teams left, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, etc., etc…As a nation of 90 Million people, we still lag far behind.
Well done, i am proud of you!, Good luck Walya, i hope we see you in Brazil next year.
Thank you very much!
We are proud Ethiopians. We trust in Allah and will make it to the final in Brazil. Allah willing!!!!!
Let us work very hard in every sector.
Slow down Chief!!, you should slow don yourself, no of the list above is better than South Africa!!or are you one of from the nearby jealous brothers?
Thank you Walia’s for making me proud to be an Ethiopian for once more.I was watching the score from the fifa website from the begining of the game. I was woried when CAR scored first and South Africa was leading 2-0. Now I can breath. Thank God/Allah. Thank you Walia’s for making my day. enkuan des alachihu yagere sewoch!
Well done boys
Ethiopian players really played with confidence and they won the game. However, I proud of them because winning is good and I wish them the best journey to Brazil.
Am happy for my confident Ethiopian team,,,they were confident and sure that they will go through,,,,u did it men.
Walias, see you in Brazil!Guys, better book your ticket and hotel now. Who cares about the big teams like Egypt and Nigeria? think about David against Goliath…Good Luck!
we are now on z right position and we will travel to Brazil.
Soccer is a sport of ambition keep it up Ethiopians
Soccer equals life.
for fun >>>>.
person 1 : “I just don’t have the energy to play soccer, dad.”
person 2 : “Well son–do you want to live life? Or let it live you?”
We beat them a good beat; however, CAR scored first and made us a little bit worried. Hope we will the next two games so that we will be qualified to proceed to Brazil. Good luck Ethiopia.
I bypass the first half. On the second half I could c the level of winning energy within the Walyas and they made it. As we pass challenges stronger chanllenges r awaiting just ahead of us. les’s work hard day and night and get prepared to not only to face but also to overcome the challenges infront of us. What we all have to do is be determined and work towards. Believe me we will make it whatsoever strong is our forthcoming challenger will be. It is possible and we can make it. melkam Addis Amet to u all.
AND REMEMBER U R IN THE MAKING OF HISTORY!
Correction: Ethiopians are through, not Ethiopia are.
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