Ethiopian U-17 took its Egyptian counterpart by sheer surprise demolishing it out of the Nations Cup final qualification. Hero Abubaker Nesro ended Most Valuable Player of the showdown.
The visitors were determined to turn down the first leg defeat in Cairo by turning up the pace. However, it took only eleven minutes for the home side to settle matters. The striker who grabbed a goal in Cairo Abubaker Nesro once again rose to the occasion at the 11th minute followed by the second five minutes later. In a desperate comeback effort, the visitors managed a hard driven free kick from Hazim Furgali that hit the back of the net with four minutes left.
A strong backing from Diredawa fans, dazzling ball playing by Mikiyas Mekonen, Abubeker’s marvelous braid and a number of goal efforts by Chala Teshita, the Ethiopian side dubbed The Red Foxes dominated the game. It was not only about the aggregate 5-2 victory but the overall game plan, the tactical approach and individual technical ability that helped them emerge victorious. . Ethiopia faces Mali in the decisive qualification two legshowdown with the winner to book a place in the African U-17 Cup final to be held in Madagascar.
Though the result made head coach Atnafu Alemu an incidental hero, his appointment after his sacking as Electric head coach followed by leading Addis Ababa University to relegation and a four month contract with the federation is are questions awaiting answers.