Ethiopia reach first AFCON finals in 31 years
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Ethiopian national football teamÃ‚Â booked their place at the the finals of the 2013 Orange Africa Cup ofÃ‚Â Nations with a 2-0 homeÃ‚Â winÃ‚Â over Sudan on Sunday at the Addis Ababa stadium.
Goals from Adane Girma in the 63rdminute and Saladin Seid on 66 minutes Ã‚Â minutes secured the first continental finals in 31 years for the Wallias. Sudan broughtÃ‚Â a 5-3 lead toÃ‚Â Ethiopia from the firstÃ‚Â leg match playedÃ‚Â in KhartoumÃ‚Â last month . The 5-5Ã‚Â aggregate resultÃ‚Â meantÃ‚Â Ethiopia qualified for the finals on away goals rule.
At the end of theÃ‚Â gameÃ‚Â the Ethiopian national team coach Sewnet Bishaw told cafonline. com that the first leg defeat was indeed heavy. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But as I expected we reversed that result with a simple 2-0 win in front of our fans. My boys created a number clear scoring opportunities both in the first and second halves. TheseÃ‚Â attempt bore fruits in the second half. We got what we wanted,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ethiopian team captain Degu Debebe stressed that this was a once in life time opportunity. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I say that this is a generation that made a new Ethiopian history. We were the founders of the African Football Confederation along with South Africa ,Sudan and Egypt. I have been told time and again about this great Ethiopian history. But I have never seen our team toÃ‚Â playÃ‚Â in the African Cup ofÃ‚Â NationsÃ‚Â final. I got this opportunity today. This is a great moment for me,Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â said DebebeÃ‚Â with emotion.
The Sudanese head Coach Mazda Abdallah said thatÃ‚Â football matches do throw up such endingsÃ‚Â Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is very disappointing. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect that my side would concede defeat,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the Sudanese coach.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â In theÃ‚Â 85thÃ‚Â minute the Ethiopian goalkeeper Jemal Tasew was taken to hospital after a collisionÃ‚Â with Mohamed Abdelmonem .Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The Ethiopian side brought in three substitutes when the accident happened withÃ‚Â Adis Hintsa, a midfielder, was forced go in goalÃ‚Â for the remaining five minutes.
The Sudanese side played went in search of a goal in an attemptÃ‚Â to exploit the absence of the first choiceÃ‚Â goalie but they couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make it count . The first half endedÃ‚Â goalless but when Adane opened the scoringÃ‚Â the atmosphere was changed in favour of the Ethiopian side.Ã‚Â A few minutes laterÃ‚Â Saladin Seid secured the vital win for the hosts.
Qualifiers for 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations to be played in South Africa are as following in (alphabetical order)