May 10, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Ethiopia will host Uganda in an international friendly on 3rd June, 2017 in Addis Ababa as part of their homework for the forthcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The newly appointed Ethiopian national team coach, Ashenafi Bekele, has named his 29-man provisional squad ahead of the Uganda friendly tie and African Cup of Nations qualifier opener against Ghana in June.
The Walia Ibex, seeking their first return to AFCON since 2013, are in Group F of the qualifiers alongside Uganda’s neighbours Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ghana.
They will open their campaign away to Ghana on 9th June, 2017, before hosting the Leone Stars March, 2018.
Only the winners of each group will join the host country in the final tournament as well as the best 3 runner-ups in all 12 Groups.
Meanwhile, Football Sierra Leone understands that the Ethiopia Football Association, EFA make known to have requested a friendly match with Zambia as a preparation for the 2018 CHAN in Kenya.
Full squad list.
Goalkeepers: Abel Mamo (Mekelakeya), Jemal Tassew (Jimma Aba Bunna), Lealem Birhanu (Sidama Bunna), Teklemariam Shanko (Addis Ababa Ketema)
Defenders: Asechalew Tamene (Kidus Giorgis), Abdulkerim Mohammed, Ahmed Reshid (Ethiopia Bunna), Seyoum Tesfaye (Dedebit), Tesfaye Bekele, Mujib Kassim (Adama Ketema), Aneteneh Tesfaye (Sidama Bunna), Awot Gebremikael (Ethio-Electric), Addis Tesfaye (Mekelakeya)
Midfielders: Natnael Zeleke, Menetesnot Adane (Kidus Giorgis), Biruk Kalbore (Adama Ketema), Ephrem Ashamo,Shemekit Gugesa (Dedebit), Gatoch Panom (Ethiopia Bunna), Tadele Mengesha (ArbaMinch Ketema),Mulualem Mesfin (Sidama Bunna), Gadissa Mebrate (Hawassa Ketema), Shemeles Bekele (Petrojet/Egypt)
Attackers: Getaneh Kebede (Dedebit), Salahdin Said (Kidus Giorgis), Addis Gidey (Sidama Bunna), Ame Mohammed(Jimma Aba Bunna), Abdulrahman Mubarak (Fasil Ketema), Oumed Okuri (El-Entag El-Harby/Egypt)