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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.
MaraDoña football player, the best of his generation undoubtedly, if not the best player of all time (cetainly the best I’ve seen and i’ve been watching football since 1974).
Famous for the so-called ‘hand of god’ goal against England in the 1986 world cup, demonised ever since, not as if English players ever cheat now is it?
Pathetically, was voted Scotland’s ’sportsman of the century’ in 1999 but this is just typical of the small minded attitude and low-level racism of most jocks.
Maradona was a great football player. What he was and is as a man is irrelevant.
Soccer Soccer Soccer a sport which requires a BRAIN and FITNESS unlike american football where you run for 5 seconds and stop, if you think soccer is easy, think again, watch the top 3 leagues on the world English Premiership, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga and you will see how they play, soccer you CAN make contact unlike basketball where you put one hand on the guy and its a foul. With soccer it can take more than 5 years to be a good player with all the skills involved in the sport, soccer players need to be running for 90 mins OFFICIALLY not 85 minutes 90 because of stoppage time unlike american football where you run for 10 mins. You need to have a passion for soccer to play it, its useless playing with no passion because you wont get anywhere, soccer has the most passionate fans out of any sport and if you dont believe me, search soccer ultras on the internet and you will see, the point is that soccer is the best sport and requires the most out of any other sport.
Mental and physical strength
AND LOADS MORE
English guy: wanna play soccer?
American guy: nah i just wanna eat my big Mac
English guy: thats your 10th today!
American Guy: i’m tryin to join the American football team.
Slow down Chief,I agree with the other commentator, you seems to be a bit jelous, We know we have a long way to go. But as an Ethiopian, I am not sure I can say the same about you, we need to encourage our team for their best performance both in the African Cup and this world cup qualification round. We have not come this far EVER. You seem to be the one who sees the glass always “half empty".
We, Ethiopians are used to build from what we have and make the best out of it. After all ‘IT IS IN OUR BLOOD".
LONG LIVE E T H I I O P I A 11111
Well done boys but it is early to celebrate.It was small but nonetheless victory. The other team, which came from war torn and chaotic small African country, was truly disorganized and demoralized team. I hope you will keep this momentum in Rio next year. Bono fortuno e ci vediamo tutti nel Rio De jeneiro nel prossimo anno.
It was a very poor performance by our ethiopian team. The opposite side was even worse. The walias seem robbed of selv confidence. Poor morale( playing injured/killing time).Even worse technique. What a shame!! I hope that they do not advance any further. They do not deserve to participate in the world cup,otherwise the will make us the laugh of the entire world.
I’m booking a flight to Brazil, since victory is in the air for the Wallias of mother land- Ethiopia!!!
Thank you all the players and coaching team. you made us proud!!!
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