Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Walia Ibex of Ethiopia couldn’t avenge their 7-1 pummeling at the hands of the Fennecs of Algeria on Friday as they were held to a 3-3 tie here here today in Group J match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Walias started in dramatic fashion, attacking the Fennecs’ defense from the get go resulting in 3 corner kicks in the first 4 minutes of the match.
The effort of the Ethiopian players bear fruit 28 minutes into the first half where once again Getaneh Kebede was the scorer. Two minutes later Ramkel Lok scored Ethiopia’s second goal but it was ruled offside.
However, the lead didn’t last long as soon after he was yellow carded for elbowing Alula Girma, danger man Islam Slimani scored Algeria’s equalizer from a diving header. Once again, the Walias defense was caught napping.
Coach Yohannes Sahle made a change in the second half, replacing Behailu Assefa with Dawit Fekadu and 3 minutes later Getaneh gave the Walias the lead with his second goal of the match.
Aissa Mandi (61′) equalized for Algeria and Ethiopia once again took the lead with a goal from Dawit Fekadu (64′). However, the joy was short lived as Algeria’s pressing finally resulted in an equalizer from a penalty kick converted by Faouzi Ghoulam (85′).
The Walias defense line needs a lot of work as it has conceded 10 goals in 2 games against Algeria.
Meanwhile, in the second Group J match, Lesotho defeated the Seychelles Islands 2-1. So, after 4 matches played, Algeria is in the driver seat with 10 points followed by the Walias (5 pts), Seychelles (4) and Lesotho (3).
Final Result: Ethiopia 3-3 Algeria
Ethiopia goal scorers: Getaneh Kebede (28′ & 48′) and Dawit Fekadu (63′)
Algeria: Islam Slimani (42′), Aissa Mandi (61′) and Faouzi Ghoulam (85′)