Ethiopia to face Ghana in final round of African qualifier

Ethiopian U-20 Women Team (Photo: -
Ethiopian U-20 Women Team (Photo: –

Ethiopian women football team advanced to the final round of the continental qualifiers for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after a barren draw with Burkina Faso on Sunday in Addis Ababa.

A 2-0 win from the first leg in Ouagadougou last week was enough for the Ethiopians to progress 2-0 on aggregate, and a date with Ghana at the final round.

It was a very balanced game with both sides giving a good account of themselves. With their impressive ball control and possession, many Ethiopian soccer fans were bewildered how Burkina Faso conceded a 2-0 defeat on their home ground.

The visitors dominated the first half of the encounter with the host deploying a defensive approach.

In the second half, the Ethiopians made several attempts at goal but found the Burkinabe backline too strong to breakthrough.

Ethiopia Head Coach Asrat Abate defended the way his players performed in the return leg. “A draw was enough to go through. We understood that after losing the first leg our opponents came to play offensive football with all their power. Our tactic was to play on the counter. We tried to frustrate their moves forward and that tactic really worked. We got what we wanted,” the coach said.

It was however a disappointing moment for Burkina Faso forward Mawoulato Sanogo, after their campaign came to an end.

“We unexpectedly lost the first leg and that cost us dearly. Our performance in the second leg was quite good but we failed to score,” she said.

Ethiopia will now face Ghana for one of the two slots allotted Africa for the final tournament next year in Papua New Guinea.

South Africa and Nigeria will battle it out for the other place.




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  1. Bots says

    That is wonderful atlist you did not lost be strong and focused and u will continue making as proud

  2. G Robe says

    Bravo, bravo! Bertu !

  3. alex Sendabo says

    Im proud of my ethiopia girls they are going to win

  4. Bots says

    I believe and I am Confident that you will make it and you are going to win Gana.Good luck and the mighty be wuth u beautiful and confident team we will support and cherry you this weekend

  5. tagesse says

    I’m just proud of you (loza you are ethiopian martha

  6. esuyawkal tesfaw says

    I’m just proud of you kept it up! i am happy in the ablity of all player .

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