Ethiopia qualifies for Africa Cup of Nations after eight-year absence

1 Apr 2021

On 30th March, Ethiopia’s national football team, The Walias, qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), following an eight-year absence.

A goalless draw between Niger and Madagascar helped Ethiopia to qualify in its group match finishing in second place. Cote d’Ivoire topped the group with Madagascar and Niger finishing third and fourth.

Team Ethiopia’s Coach, Wobetu Abate, is now looking forward to going to Cameroon, where AFCON will be hosted, with the best squad to hold the name for Ethiopia. “Our people absolutely love football, and we have achieved our Africa Cup of Nations dream to make them happy. Ethiopians deserve this. Now our focus is to build on our team. We will prepare well for the upcoming AFCON as well as the World Cup qualifiers in June.”

Ethiopia has a rich footballing tradition in Africa and holds prestige as one of the founding participants of the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1957, together with Sudan and Egypt. The Walias have been representing Ethiopia in regional, continental, and international competitions since its founding in 1943 and won the African Cup of Nations in 1962 on home soil.

A total of 24 teams will take part in the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022. This will be Ethiopia’s 11th appearance at Africa’s most prestigious football tournament.

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