Ethiopia Football: Tom Saintfiet’s first test ends in 2-1 defeat

Sudan National Team (Photo: CAF)

Addis Ababa – Tom Saintfiet, Ethiopia’s newly appointed football coach started his tenure with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sudan in a friendly but rainy match played here today, reported Ermias Amare.

The Walias, as the Ethiopian team are known, led 1-0 at half time thanks to a goal by Chala Diriba of Defence Force, but the Nile Crocodiles of Sudan responded with two goals of their own after the interval.

The heavy rain didn’t help the Walias who were playing a 4-4-2 system, with a great number of players playing in unfamiliar positions.

The real test of coach Saintfiet will be come next week when the Walias face Nigeria for the crucial Orange 2012 African Nations Cup Group B qualifier game here in the capital.

Ethiopia’s Line-up: (4-4-2):

Goalkeeper: – Yidinekachew Kidane (Defence Force)

Defenders: Alula Girma, Degu Debebe and Abebaw Butako (all 3 from St George) and Aynalem Hailu (Defence Force).

Midfielders: G/Michael Yacob (Sidama Coffee), Asrat Megerssa (EEPCO), Shimelis Bekele (Awassa City) and Chala Diriba (Defense),

Forwards: Adane Girma (St George), Temesgen Tekle (Dedebit)
Second half substitutions:- G/Michael by Berhanu Bogale (Dedebit FC), Temesgen by Ashenafi Adem (Hawassa City) and Chala by Mengistu Assefa (Dedebit FC)