Disciplinary Issues Cost Ethiopia Once Again

Ethiopia lost their opening game of AFCON 2021 to Cape Verde. What happened on the pitch and what ultimately determined the outcome of the game was something similar to what we have seen before.

The year was 2013 and it was a historic day for Ethiopian football. The Waliyas were back to the biggest tournament in the continent after 31 years of absence. Everyone was in festive mood and the first opponents for The Waliyas were the reigning champions Zambia. However, the most memorable moment of the match didn’t involve a goal rather a red card.

Goalkeeper Jemal Tassew channeled his inner Manuel Neuer when he went on an adventure to clear the ball by leaving his line. But his acrobatic attempt fully landed on the striker and he ended up injuring himself in the process. While being stretched off the field he was shown a red card, one of those rare moments you see in football.

And before they knew it Ethiopia were down to 10 men and had a mountain to climb. Even though Sewnet Bishaw’s side did well to come away with a point they could’ve done better.

Nine years later Jemal is on the bench watching Ethiopia’s opening game against Cape Verde. He might have had a moment of Deja vu when Yared Bayeh recklessly brought down

Júlio Tavares near the edge of the box. The referee first awarded the Center Back a yellow card but after a consultation with VAR and seeing the footage again it was upgraded to a red card. Once again Ethiopia had it all to do.

Maybe things would’ve been a lot different with 11 men. Cape Verde, although not a side to be taken lightly , were there for the taking.
Ethiopia defended and were restricted to their own half for the majority of the first half. And just when a 0-0 going into half time looked like a good result Tavares’s header put the Blue Sharks ahead.

It was a better performance from The Waliyas in the second half. Webetu Abate made some tweaks to freshen up his tiring players up front. Game changers like Frew Solomon were introduced and Abubeker Nasser was moved to the number 9 position before eventually making way for Mujib Kassim.  Even though The Waliyas still didn’t manage to produce clear cut chances their hold of the ball meant that Cape Verde was kept at bay for most of the half. Ethiopia managed 7 shots in the game but only one of it was on target.

It once again boils down to discipline and defensive organization. This is something the Ethiopian side has been struggling with in the past. Ethiopia lost the ball in a dangerous area and failed to clear it before the red card was awarded and they also were not marking their opponents when the goal was scored.

The Waliyas will play hosts Cameroon on Thursday and it will be a huge task going against The indomitable lions who kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 win against Burkina Faso.

Betking EthPL

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Round 1
30 Sep 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
1
0
AMK
30 Sep 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
2
1
ELCETRIC
1 Oct 2022 13:00
MEDIN
1
7
GIORGIS
1 Oct 2022 16:00
DIRE
2
2
SIDAMA
2 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
0
0
BUNNA
2 Oct 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
1
2
TAFO
3 Oct 2022 13:00
FASIL
2
1
ADAMA
3 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
1
0
HOSSANA
Round 2
5 Oct 2022 13:00
BAHIRDAR
0
1
WOLKITE
5 Oct 2022 16:00
AMK
3
4
MEDIN
6 Oct 2022 13:00
ELCETRIC
0
1
GIORGIS
6 Oct 2022 16:00
TAFO
1
1
DIRE
7 Oct 2022 13:00
HOSSANA
4
1
SIDAMA
7 Oct 2022 16:00
ADAMA
2
0
MECHAL
10 Oct 2022 16:00
BUNNA
1
2
HAWASSA
6 Nov 2022 16:00
DICHA
-
-
FASIL
Round 3
12 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
1
2
AMK
13 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
1
1
ELCETRIC
13 Oct 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
1
5
GIORGIS
14 Oct 2022 13:00
MEDIN
4
1
TAFO
14 Oct 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
0
1
ADAMA
15 Oct 2022 13:00
DIRE
1
3
HOSSANA
15 Oct 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
0
1
BUNNA
29 Oct 2022 16:00
FASIL
0
0
BAHIRDAR
Round 4
18 Oct 2022 13:00
ADAMA
1
2
GIORGIS
18 Oct 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
3
4
HAWASSA
19 Oct 2022 13:00
AMK
0
0
HOSSANA
19 Oct 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
1
1
DIRE
20 Oct 2022 13:00
BUNNA
1
0
SIDAMA
20 Oct 2022 16:00
ELCETRIC
3
0
TAFO
21 Oct 2022 13:00
FASIL
0
1
MECHAL
21 Oct 2022 16:00
DICHA
0
1
MEDIN
Round 5
24 Oct 2022 13:00
HAWASSA
2
2
DIRE
24 Oct 2022 16:00
ELCETRIC
2
2
ADAMA
25 Oct 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
0
1
SIDAMA
25 Oct 2022 16:00
FASIL
1
0
GIORGIS
26 Oct 2022 13:00
BAHIRDAR
2
0
TAFO
26 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
1
2
MEDIN
27 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
0
1
HOSSANA
27 Oct 2022 16:00
BUNNA
2
0
AMK
Round 6
4 Nov 2022 16:00
MEDIN
2
3
BAHIRDAR
4 Nov 2022 19:00
DIRE
3
1
BUNNA
5 Nov 2022 16:00
MECHAL
0
1
DICHA
5 Nov 2022 19:00
WOLKITE
2
1
ELCETRIC
6 Nov 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
2
0
FASIL
6 Nov 2022 19:00
GIORGIS
1
1
AMK
7 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
2
0
ADAMA
7 Nov 2022 19:00
HOSSANA
1
0
TAFO
Round 7
10 Nov 2022 16:00
GIORGIS
2
2
WOLKITE
10 Nov 2022 19:00
DIRE
1
1
MECHAL
11 Nov 2022 16:00
MEDIN
2
0
ELCETRIC
11 Nov 2022 19:00
SIDAMA
0
1
HAWASSA
12 Nov 2022 16:00
AMK
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BAHIRDAR
12 Nov 2022 19:00
HOSSANA
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FASIL
13 Nov 2022 16:00
ADAMA
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BUNNA
13 Nov 2022 19:00
TAFO
-
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DICHA
Round 8
16 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
2
2
HAWASSA
16 Nov 2022 19:00
SIDAMA
0
4
MEDIN
17 Nov 2022 16:00
ADAMA
1
2
DICHA
17 Nov 2022 19:00
GIORGIS
0
0
MECHAL
18 Nov 2022 16:00
BUNNA
1
3
BAHIRDAR
18 Nov 2022 19:00
DIRE
2
1
ELCETRIC
19 Nov 2022 16:00
AMK
1
1
FASIL
19 Nov 2022 19:00
TAFO
0
3
WOLKITE
Round 9
22 Nov 2022 16:00
MECHAL
0
2
SIDAMA
22 Nov 2022 19:00
HAWASSA
0
3
GIORGIS
23 Nov 2022 16:00
MEDIN
1
3
DIRE
23 Nov 2022 19:00
ELCETRIC
2
4
BUNNA
24 Nov 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
0
0
HOSSANA
24 Nov 2022 19:00
DICHA
0
0
AMK
25 Nov 2022 16:00
FASIL
3
0
TAFO
25 Nov 2022 19:00
BAHIRDAR
1
0
ADAMA
Round 10
28 Nov 2022 16:00
MECHAL
1
1
ELCETRIC
28 Nov 2022 19:00
MEDIN
0
0
HAWASSA
29 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
2
2
WOLKITE
29 Nov 2022 19:00
SIDAMA
2
4
FASIL
30 Nov 2022 16:00
GIORGIS
3
0
DICHA
30 Nov 2022 19:00
HOSSANA
0
2
BAHIRDAR
1 Dec 2022 16:00
TAFO
2
2
BUNNA
1 Dec 2022 19:00
AMK
1
0
ADAMA
Round 11
4 Dec 2022 14:00
ADAMA
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-
TAFO
4 Dec 2022 17:00
BAHIRDAR
-
-
GIORGIS
5 Dec 2022 14:00
ELCETRIC
-
-
AMK
5 Dec 2022 17:00
HAWASSA
-
-
MECHAL
6 Dec 2022 14:00
BUNNA
-
-
HOSSANA
6 Dec 2022 17:00
WOLKITE
-
-
MEDIN
7 Dec 2022 15:00
DICHA
-
-
SIDAMA
7 Dec 2022 18:00
FASIL
-
-
DIRE
Round 12
10 Dec 2022 14:00
MECHAL
-
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WOLKITE
10 Dec 2022 18:00
HOSSANA
-
-
ADAMA
11 Dec 2022 15:00
DIRE
-
-
DICHA
11 Dec 2022 18:00
SIDAMA
-
-
BAHIRDAR
12 Dec 2022 15:00
HAWASSA
-
-
ELCETRIC
12 Dec 2022 18:00
GIORGIS
-
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BUNNA
13 Dec 2022 15:00
MEDIN
-
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FASIL
13 Dec 2022 18:00
TAFO
-
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AMK
Round 13
16 Dec 2022 15:00
BAHIRDAR
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MECHAL
16 Dec 2022 18:00
ELCETRIC
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HOSSANA
17 Dec 2022 15:00
FASIL
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WOLKITE
17 Dec 2022 18:00
BUNNA
-
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MEDIN
18 Dec 2022 15:00
ADAMA
-
-
DIRE
18 Dec 2022 18:00
DICHA
-
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HAWASSA
19 Dec 2022 15:00
TAFO
-
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GIORGIS
19 Dec 2022 18:00
AMK
-
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SIDAMA
Round 14
22 Dec 2022 15:00
MECHAL
-
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BUNNA
22 Dec 2022 18:00
FASIL
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ELCETRIC
23 Dec 2022 15:00
HAWASSA
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BAHIRDAR
23 Dec 2022 18:00
GIORGIS
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HOSSANA
24 Dec 2022 15:00
MEDIN
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ADAMA
24 Dec 2022 18:00
WOLKITE
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DICHA
25 Dec 2022 15:00
SIDAMA
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TAFO
25 Dec 2022 18:00
DIRE
-
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AMK
Round 15
28 Dec 2022 15:00
HOSSANA
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MEDIN
28 Dec 2022 18:00
BUNNA
-
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FASIL
29 Dec 2022 15:00
AMK
-
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HAWASSA
29 Dec 2022 18:00
TAFO
-
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MECHAL
30 Dec 2022 15:00
GIORGIS
-
-
DIRE
30 Dec 2022 18:00
BAHIRDAR
-
-
DICHA
31 Dec 2022 15:00
ELCETRIC
-
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SIDAMA
31 Dec 2022 18:00
ADAMA
-
-
WOLKITE

Standing Table

#
Club
P
Pt
1
10
21
2
9
20
3
10
19
4
9
15
5
10
15
6
10
15
7
10
15
8
8
14
9
9
14
10
9
10
11
10
10
12
8
9
13
10
9
14
9
7
15
10
6
16
9
5
#
Player
Played
Goals
1
Kidus Giorgis
10
11
2
Wolkite Ketema
10
9
3
Fasil Kenema
8
6
4
Hawassa Ketema
9
5
5
Diredawa Ketema
9
5
6
Diredawa Ketema
10
5
7
Bahir Dar Ketema
9
4
8
Sidama Bunna
10
4
9
Ethiopia Medin
10
4
10
Kidus Giorgis
10
4

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