Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Last Saturday afternoon, the Walias lost 2-0 to Mali in a first round qualifying match for the African Cup of Nations. The Addis Abeba Stadium was filled with spectators who had paid between 10 Br and 1,000 Br for tickets.
Most of these fans were doing their best to give support to their team; that was until it became clear that the Walias had lost any of the hope promised by Portuguese coach, Mariano Barreto, earlier on. But, we lost the game at home. The fact is that so did other African teams.
Didn’t the world acclaimed Brazil lose 7-1 to the Germans in their own country? Didn’t England fail to qualify for the second round of the World Cup? What is so unique about the defeat of the Walias?
At a time when the rest of the world is trying to coordinate support to stand by the side of our brothers and sisters in West Africa, and while the World Health Organisation (WHO) is warning that the virus could spread exponentially, it is unbelievable to hear a good number of Ethiopian football fans having the nerve to use the fatalistic virus to slander their guests.
Read more at: Addis Forune