Press release: Ethiopia is not in Afcon 2013 to donate points
Most recently, the underrated national team proved that football is not by the speed of the mouth, but by the mental state of players and agility of expressing themselves on match day.
They advanced to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Somalia and as a result, they joined South Africa, Botswana and Central African Republic (CAR) in Group A.
Ethiopia tied with South Africa away from home and beat CAR at home 2-0 to top the group after the first two games.
This is the first time that Ethiopia has qualified to the African cup of nations in 31 years, and it opens a new chapter in Ethiopian football history.
The Ethiopians are one of the three teams (along with Egypt and Sudan) to participate in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations in 1957 and they finished second.
Ethiopia won the competition in 1962 when it was the host, but in the next in the 1968 Afcon, again on home soil, and the team finished on the third place after losing to Ivory Coast.
Success has been elusive since the end of the 1960s for the Ethiopians as in 1976 failed to progress to the final four, finishing third in the group, behind Guinea and Egypt as the host.
In 1977, they played Mauritius in the qualifiers for the 1978 African Cup of Nations. After 4-2 win on aggregate, they had to play Uganda.
After nil-nil from the first match, Uganda won the second match, 2-1, and progressed to the final tournament.
They also missed the 1980 African Cup of Nations. Ethiopia last qualified for the tournament in 1982, under Coach Mengistu Worku.
They are currently ranked 118th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings and 33rd in CAF. The national team succeeded in qualifying for the 2013 African Cup of Nations after a 31 year absence.
In qualification for the 2013 CAF African Nations Cup, Ethiopia tied 1-1 away with Benin away from home after a goalless draw in the first leg to progress to the last round of qualification.
In the last round of qualification, Ethiopia drew 5-5 in aggregate score, but passed to the African championships due to the away goal rule. -SAnews.gov.za
Reported by: South African Government News Service
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