Ethiopia names squad for 2021 AFCON

Ethiopia players warming up during the 2022 World Cup Qualifier match between Ethiopia and Ghana on the 11 November 2021 at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto © Muzi Ntombela / Sports Inc
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian players warming up during the 2022 World Cup Qualifier match between Ethiopia and Ghana at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto.  /Sports Inc via CFP)

Ethiopia’s football head coach announced on Thursday the country’s squad to travel to Cameroon for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Wubetu Abate expressed confidence in the squad, as the country returns to the continental competition for the first time in nine years.

“We have picked a strong team that should be able to perform well at the tournament in Cameroon,” said Abate.

The East Africans are pooled alongside the hosts Cameroon, Cape Verde and Burkina Faso in Group A.

With their first game scheduled to be played on January 9 against Cape Verde, the squad is set to travel to Yaounde on December 27 to pitch camp and continue preparations.

The squad is dominated by locally based players featuring in the Ethiopian Premier League with only two abroad based players in Shemeles Bekele (El Gouna, Egypt) and Mujib Kassim (JS Kabilye, Algeria).

Only two players from the team that competed at the 2013 AFCON held in South Africa have made it back into the squad; Shemeles Bekele, Getaneh Kebede and goalkeeper Jemal Tasew.

Goalkeepers: Tekelemariam Shanko (Sidama Coffee), Fasil Gebre Michael (Bahir Dar City), Jemal Tasew (Adama City)

Defenders: Ramadan Yesuf (Wolkite City), Desta Yohannes (Adama City), Asrat Tunjo (Ethiopian Coffee), Suleman Hamid (Saint George), Yared Bayeh (Fasil Kenema), Aschalew Tamene (Fasil Kenema), Megnot Debebe (Saint George), Menaf Awol (Bahir Dar City)

Midfielders: Amanuel Yohannes (Ethiopian Coffee), Menaf Fitsum Alemu (Bahir Dar City), Gatouch Panom (Saint George), Mesoud Mohammed (Jima Aba Jifar), Shemeles Bekele (El Gouna, Egypt) , Firew Solomon (Sidama Coffee), Bezabeh Meleyo (Fasil Kenema )

Forwards: Abubeker Nasser (Ethiopian Coffee), Getaneh Kebede ( Wolkite City), Amanuel Gebre Michael (Saint George), Mesfin Tafesse (Hawasa City), Dawa Hotessa (Adama City), Shemeket Gugesa (Fasil Kenema), Mujib Kassim ( JS Kabilye, Algeria)


Story compiled with assistance from CAFOnline