Ashenafi Names Squad as Waliyas Confirm CHAN Qualifier Participation

Walias of Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has ultimately decided to participate in the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier game against Rwanda this Sunday. The Federation has reportedly requested CAF to postpone the game for a later kick off date citing the limited time given to preparation.

According to the Federation’s decision now the doubleheader against Rwanda will go ahead as planned on November 5 and 12. CAF have rejected EFF’s request as the draw for the group stages, which will be in Rabat, is due in November 17 just five days after Ethiopia’s clash against Rwanda in Kigali. The continents football governing body had no intention to postpone the game while the group stage draw is fast approaching.

The Waliays coach Ashenafi Bekele has summoned a 25 player’s squad on Sunday but since EFF have not decided whether to take part on the qualifier or not the players returned back to their clubs. The 2017/18 Ethiopian Premier League season have also made things complicated for the Federation as the weekend’s opening fixtures clashed with the CHAN qualifier game. EFF is now forced to postpone four of the opening week 1 fixtures of the league which are about to be staged in Addis Ababa.

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