Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Mekonnen Girma Alula © Backpagepix

Ethiopia win battle of the minnows



Ethiopia defeated Niger 1-0 at the weekend in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match between countries considered title outsiders.

Getaneh Kebede, the leading domestic league scorer with nine goals before a mid-season break, scored the winner on 38 minutes at a packed National Stadium in Addis Ababa.

Both sides lacked several stars, notably strikers Saladin Said of Ethiopia and Moussa Maazou of Niger, as they play abroad and need only be freed by their clubs two weeks before the January 19 Africa Cup kick-off in South Africa.

Ethiopia, back at the African football showpiece after a 31-year absence following two away-goal qualifying victories, are in Group C with defending champions Zambia, twice title holders Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

Niger face Ghana, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group B and hope to improve on their maiden Cup of Nations appearance this year in which they lost all three mini-league games.

Ethiopia can expect tougher opposition on January 7 when they face 2004 champions Tunisia in the Qatari capital Doha, two days after Niger host fellow qualifiers Togo in Niamey.

Tunisia and Togo won in the Middle East with the Carthage Eagles defeating Iraq 2-1 in Dubai after taking the lead through a controversial Issam Jomaa goal while the Sparrowhawks edged Oman 1-0 despite having a man sent off.

Jomaa broke the deadlock two minutes after halftime in the United Arab Emirates, sprinting through to score after an offside teammate had been flagged by an assistant referee.

Furious Iraqis surrounded the referee for several minutes and there was a further blow for the Asian nation soon after when Fakhreddine Ben Youssef notched a second goal.

Younes Mahmoud reduced arrears two minutes from time against an experimental Tunisian team preparing for Group D – the Group of Death – in which they must tackle Algeria, title favourites Ivory Coast and Togo.

The Togolese had a player red carded midway through the second half in Sohar, but survived the blow and defender Dare Nibombe snatched the winner with seven minutes left.

Burkina Faso forced a 0-0 draw against Bahrain in Manama, an encouraging result for the Stallions, who are not expected to seriously trouble Group C favourites Zambia and Nigeria.

Record seven-time Cup of Nations winners Egypt, who will not be in South Africa next month after a shock loss to the Central African Republic, were too strong for Qatar in Doha and won 2-0 via goals from Hamdy al Sayed and 'Geddo'.

Bahrain atoned for failing to score against the Burkinabe by outclassing another Africa Cup non-qualifier, Guinea, 3-0 with Faouzi Ayesh, Faisal Budahoom and Sami al Hussaini on target.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Barclays Premier League - Matchday 3: Everton v Chelsea
Sat, 30 Aug @ 05:00
Sat, 30 Aug @ 11:15
Sat, 30 Aug @ 17:00

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...

Segun Odegbami
The Falcons - fulfilling Pele’s prophecy?
Did you watch the finals of the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup last Sunday night?