Talking Points from Cape Verde’s narrow win over Ethiopia

The Ethiopian national team kicked off their 2021 AFCON with a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cape Verde, here are some of the talking points.

👉The Earliest Team News in modern Football History?

Team News are one of the pre match rituals were fans get excited the most, it has a huge part to play in pre match hype.

Mostly Team News would came out one hour prior to kickoff, this is the so called “Professional Trend” but the Ethiopian team facing Cape Verde was officially released via the national federation official social media outlets 7 hours prior to kickoff which was a surprise to many.

Team News(Players & Expected Formations) coming early has a little to play in opponents teams preparation for games as teams prepare days before the game in a very detailed manner but a piece of Early team news as early as 7 hours prior to kickoff would lower the hype among fans so the federation should think of postponement of its timing.

👉Ethiopian Football becoming mainstream

As the Ethiopian national team were once again taking part in the prestigious continental tournament after eight years absence their was a huge public interest in the matters regarding the Ethiopian national team.

Especially yesterday Social media platforms were filled with pictures of people with the Ethiopian national team colors and Good luck messages.

This was the story 8 years ago but once again the Ethiopian Football story were once again main stream, In a country were the sentiment has significantly been on European leagues such changes of storyline are the things all the stakeholders around the football in maintaining such momentum.

👉The Training kit

“Umbro” and the Ethiopian Football Federation has been working together for the past three years and are continuing to do so.

recently “Gofere” a local sports apparel manufacturing company has been working closely with the Federation in the provision of Training and other sports shirts for the national side.

In the prematch warmup the Ethiopian national team players kit was the one worth mentioning,the special yellow training kit for the AFCON showcase Ethiopia’s Historical Heritages.

This strategy to promote Ethiopia on such globally appealing platforms is a huge step for a country blessed with so many natural and man made tourist destinations. but yet to capitalize this sector to its potential.

👉Disciplinary issues

The mediocrity in players disciplines and referring back home once again proved to be fatal when it matters the most.

Such rushed challenges and players misconducts are a frequent incidents in domestic football but are mostly not punished, so that reckless behaviour os a common thing among the squad as only two players were part of the squad playing their trade abroad.

Moving forward there must be some sort of composed mindset among players or else we may see such rushed reckless decisions play their part in the coming games.

👉Analytical Storyline

Ethiopia set up in a 4-3-3 manner but the early red card for Yared Bayeh completely disrupted their overall game plan, with midfielder Mesud Mohammed making way for defender Mingote Debebe forcing them to retreat to their own half and play in a 4-4-1 forcing wide attacking players to do relentless running up and down to make up for their numerical inferiority.

The following Analytical storylines may be explicit as Ethiopia played the entirety with 10 men but most of the issues we witnessed go deep rather than playing with 10 men.

👉Possession

-The Cape Verde national team were by far superior possession(57% to 43% in their favor) in the entirety of the game Ethiopian National team bearing in mind that the Ethiopian side played for almost 80 minutes with 10 men following Yared Bayeh’s red card.

Interestingly Ethiopia made a total of 387 passes with 78.3% success rate in the entire 90 minutes of which 141(36.1%) were made in opponent half. In addition, only 70 (18%) of the passes were made inside the attacking third.

Passes made in the offensive third didn’t only decrease in volume but also the quality of passes drastically decrease from 78.29% on their own to 52.85% in the last third this would also provide a glimpse to the Ethiopian way of playing possession football.

Ethiopia entered the final third 48 times with them being successful only 14 times to enter opponent penality box. Meanwhile Cape Verde entering 67 times with 39 of them entering in to Ethiopia’s penality box.

Aschalew Tamen made 49 passes (the highest) while the front three Abubeker Nasser , Getaneh Kebede and Amanuel G/Micheal made (19+14+16=49) passes all together.

Also, the team lost possession 48 times (Cape Verde lost only 11 times) in their own defensive third,

The Ethiopian footballing Mantra of silky possession football has long been labeled as Possession for the sake of Possession, Possession without Progression is nothing and also if we were to build out from the back and committed so many errors with some how moderate pressure we can also question our way of building from the back and also the above mentioned data’s once again can be brought in to the table regarding the way we perceive Possession.

– Duels & Crosses, Defensive issues

Their were 67 1v1 duels with Ethiopia winning 46.3%, regarding aerial duels from the 18 moments in the entire 90 minutes Ethiopia won only 33.3% with Cape Verde wining the majority with 66.7%.

Cape Verde created 22 open play crossing opportunities while Ethiopia only created 4 opportunities with 25% success.

The Ethiopian team regained possession 54 times with the highest proportion of 30 coming in the defensive third with 21 and 3 coming in the Midfield area and higher up the pitch respectively.

It is a bold reality that Ethiopians are off less physique than their most African counterpart so the proportion of Ethiopians coming out in top in some 1v1 duels is likely so they should be thinking of having control of the game to decrease the happening of such contests, but they were lacking that control as Cape Verde were frequently creating such situation and taking to their advantage.

Crossing is the other issue the team should direly address as long balls and crosses are believed as a means of escaping pressure not as an offensive tool.

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Round 1
1 Oct 2023 15:00
ADA
0
0
CBE
1 Oct 2023 18:00
SID
0
1
BUN
2 Oct 2023 15:00
SHA
0
1
WOD
2 Oct 2023 18:00
HAM
1
2
DIR
3 Oct 2023 15:00
HAW
3
3
FSK
3 Oct 2023 18:00
HOS
2
3
MEC
4 Oct 2023 15:00
KDG
4
1
WOL
4 Oct 2023 18:00
EIC
3
2
BDR
Round 2
12 Oct 2023 15:00
DIR
0
1
BUN
12 Oct 2023 18:00
CBE
1
0
HOS
13 Oct 2023 15:00
HAM
1
2
KDG
13 Oct 2023 18:00
FSK
1
1
EIC
14 Oct 2023 15:00
WOL
1
1
SID
14 Oct 2023 18:00
WOD
0
1
ADA
15 Oct 2023 15:00
BDR
2
1
MEC
15 Oct 2023 18:00
SHA
0
1
HAW
Round 3
19 Oct 2023 15:00
EIC
0
1
WOD
19 Oct 2023 18:00
SID
0
1
FSK
20 Oct 2023 15:00
HOS
0
0
WOL
20 Oct 2023 18:00
KDG
3
2
SHA
21 Oct 2023 15:00
MEC
1
1
CBE
21 Oct 2023 18:00
HAW
0
0
DIR
22 Oct 2023 15:00
ADA
2
2
HAM
22 Oct 2023 18:00
BUN
2
2
BDR
Round 4
25 Oct 2023 15:00
SHA
1
3
SID
25 Oct 2023 18:00
DIR
2
3
CBE
26 Oct 2023 15:00
HAW
0
0
EIC
26 Oct 2023 18:00
WOL
0
3
BDR
27 Oct 2023 18:00
KDG
2
2
ADA
28 Oct 2023 15:00
HAM
0
0
HOS
28 Oct 2023 15:00
FSK
2
0
BUN
28 Oct 2023 18:00
WOD
0
1
MEC
Round 5
31 Oct 2023 15:00
HOS
0
0
SHA
31 Oct 2023 18:00
CBE
2
0
WOL
1 Nov 2023 15:00
ADA
2
1
DIR
1 Nov 2023 18:00
MEC
1
0
HAM
2 Nov 2023 15:00
SID
0
1
HAW
2 Nov 2023 18:00
EIC
0
3
KDG
3 Nov 2023 15:00
BDR
0
0
FSK
3 Nov 2023 18:00
BUN
2
2
WOD
Round 6
7 Dec 2023 15:00
DIR
1
1
WOD
7 Dec 2023 18:00
HAM
0
3
FSK
8 Dec 2023 15:00
EIC
0
1
MEC
8 Dec 2023 18:00
SHA
0
1
WOL
9 Dec 2023 15:00
KDG
1
2
BDR
9 Dec 2023 18:00
SID
0
0
HOS
10 Dec 2023 15:00
ADA
2
1
BUN
10 Dec 2023 18:00
HAW
0
3
CBE
Round 7
7 Dec 2023 15:00
WOL
1
0
HAM
7 Dec 2023 18:00
FSK
0
2
WOD
8 Dec 2023 15:00
MEC
2
1
ADA
8 Dec 2023 18:00
BDR
2
1
HAW
9 Dec 2023 15:00
BUN
1
0
KDG
Postponed
9 Dec 2023 18:00
HOS
1
1
EIC
10 Dec 2023 15:00
CBE
2
1
SHA
10 Dec 2023 18:00
SID
0
2
DIR
Round 8
14 Dec 2023 15:00
HAW
0
3
KDG
14 Dec 2023 18:00
WOL
0
2
MEC
15 Dec 2023 15:00
FSK
1
2
HOS
15 Dec 2023 18:00
DIR
1
2
BDR
16 Dec 2023 15:00
CBE
2
1
BUN
16 Dec 2023 18:00
HAM
0
2
EIC
17 Dec 2023 15:00
WOD
1
4
SID
17 Dec 2023 18:00
SHA
1
1
ADA
Round 9
3 Jan 2024 15:00
EIC
0
1
SID
3 Jan 2024 18:00
ADA
0
1
HOS
4 Jan 2024 15:00
SHA
0
0
BDR
4 Jan 2024 18:00
KDG
1
1
MEC
5 Jan 2024 15:00
DIR
0
3
FSK
5 Jan 2024 18:00
HAW
1
2
BUN
6 Jan 2024 15:00
HAM
0
2
CBE
6 Jan 2024 18:00
WOD
2
1
WOL
Round 10
9 Jan 2024 15:00
BUN
1
1
SHA
9 Jan 2024 18:00
SID
0
0
ADA
10 Jan 2024 15:00
MEC
2
1
HAW
10 Jan 2024 18:00
HOS
0
0
KDG
11 Jan 2024 15:00
EIC
1
2
DIR
11 Jan 2024 18:00
BDR
0
0
HAM
12 Jan 2024 15:00
WOL
0
1
FSK
12 Jan 2024 18:00
CBE
0
1
WOD
Round 11
15 Jan 2024 15:00
BUN
1
1
HOS
15 Jan 2024 18:00
BDR
0
2
SID
16 Jan 2024 15:00
WOD
1
2
HAW
16 Jan 2024 18:00
WOL
0
0
ADA
17 Jan 2024 15:00
DIR
1
3
MEC
17 Jan 2024 18:00
CBE
4
1
EIC
18 Jan 2024 15:00
HAM
0
3
SHA
18 Jan 2024 18:00
FSK
0
1
KDG
Round 12
25 Jan 2024 15:00
EIC
1
1
SHA
25 Jan 2024 18:00
MEC
0
0
FSK
26 Jan 2024 16:00
BDR
1
2
CBE
26 Jan 2024 19:00
ADA
3
2
HAW
27 Jan 2024 16:00
KDG
0
3
DIR
27 Jan 2024 19:00
SID
0
2
HAM
28 Jan 2024 15:00
BUN
1
0
WOL
28 Jan 2024 18:00
HOS
1
1
WOD
Round 13
1 Feb 2024 15:00
WOD
1
0
HAM
1 Feb 2024 18:00
CBE
0
3
KDG
2 Feb 2024 15:00
HOS
0
0
DIR
2 Feb 2024 18:00
BUN
3
0
EIC
3 Feb 2024 15:00
MEC
2
1
SID
3 Feb 2024 18:00
BDR
1
2
ADA
4 Feb 2024 15:00
WOL
1
2
HAW
4 Feb 2024 18:00
FSK
2
0
SHA
Round 14
8 Feb 2024 15:00
SID
2
1
CBE
8 Feb 2024 18:00
MEC
0
4
BUN
9 Feb 2024 15:00
HOS
1
0
BDR
9 Feb 2024 18:00
HAW
2
0
HAM
10 Feb 2024 15:00
ADA
1
1
FSK
10 Feb 2024 18:00
SHA
1
1
DIR
11 Feb 2024 15:00
KDG
1
1
WOD
11 Feb 2024 18:00
EIC
0
0
WOL
Round 15
15 Feb 2024 15:00
ADA
2
2
EIC
15 Feb 2024 18:00
HAM
0
0
BUN
16 Feb 2024 15:00
KDG
1
0
SID
16 Feb 2024 18:00
FSK
2
4
CBE
17 Feb 2024 15:00
WOD
0
1
BDR
17 Feb 2024 18:00
SHA
0
1
MEC
18 Feb 2024 15:00
HAW
1
1
HOS
18 Feb 2024 18:00
DIR
1
0
WOL
Round 16
29 Feb 2024 16:00
BDR
0
0
EIC
29 Feb 2024 19:00
DIR
1
0
HAM
1 Mar 2024 16:00
MEC
2
3
HOS
1 Mar 2024 19:00
FSK
2
1
HAW
2 Mar 2024 16:00
WOL
0
2
KDG
2 Mar 2024 19:00
WOD
1
2
SHA
3 Mar 2024 16:00
BUN
3
0
SID
3 Mar 2024 19:00
CBE
4
1
ADA
Round 17
7 Mar 2024 16:00
HAW
3
1
SHA
7 Mar 2024 19:00
MEC
0
1
BDR
8 Mar 2024 16:00
ADA
1
1
WOD
8 Mar 2024 19:00
SID
0
0
WOL
9 Mar 2024 16:00
EIC
0
2
FSK
9 Mar 2024 19:00
KDG
3
1
HAM
10 Mar 2024 16:00
HOS
0
0
CBE
10 Mar 2024 19:00
BUN
1
2
DIR
Round 18
14 Mar 2024 16:00
BDR
3
1
BUN
14 Mar 2024 19:00
HAM
0
3
ADA
15 Mar 2024 16:00
DIR
1
3
HAW
15 Mar 2024 19:00
CBE
0
2
MEC
16 Mar 2024 16:00
SHA
0
2
KDG
16 Mar 2024 19:00
WOL
0
0
HOS
17 Mar 2024 16:00
FSK
2
2
SID
17 Mar 2024 19:00
WOD
2
2
EIC
Round 19
28 Mar 2024 16:00
MEC
1
0
WOD
28 Mar 2024 19:00
BUN
1
1
FSK
29 Mar 2024 16:00
ADA
2
1
KDG
29 Mar 2024 19:00
HOS
2
0
HAM
30 Mar 2024 16:00
BDR
2
1
WOL
30 Mar 2024 19:00
EIC
2
2
HAW
31 Mar 2024 16:00
CBE
1
1
DIR
31 Mar 2024 19:00
SID
1
0
SHA
Round 20
4 Apr 2024 16:00
WOL
1
0
WOD
4 Apr 2024 19:00
CBE
5
1
HAM
5 Apr 2024 16:00
BUN
3
2
HAW
5 Apr 2024 19:00
FSK
1
2
DIR
6 Apr 2024 16:00
MEC
0
0
KDG
6 Apr 2024 19:00
BDR
1
0
SHA
7 Apr 2024 16:00
HOS
2
1
ADA
7 Apr 2024 19:00
SID
0
0
EIC
Round 21
11 Apr 2024 16:00
CBE
2
1
HAW
11 Apr 2024 19:00
WOD
1
1
DIR
12 Apr 2024 16:00
FSK
2
2
HAM
12 Apr 2024 19:00
BDR
1
1
KDG
13 Apr 2024 16:00
WOL
0
0
SHA
13 Apr 2024 19:00
MEC
1
2
EIC
14 Apr 2024 16:00
HOS
1
2
SID
14 Apr 2024 19:00
BUN
0
1
ADA
Round 22
18 Apr 2024 16:00
WOL
0
3
EIC
18 Apr 2024 19:00
BDR
0
0
HOS
19 Apr 2024 16:00
HAM
0
1
HAW
19 Apr 2024 19:00
FSK
0
0
ADA
20 Apr 2024 16:00
DIR
1
0
SHA
20 Apr 2024 19:00
WOD
1
0
KDG
21 Apr 2024 16:00
BUN
1
1
MEC
21 Apr 2024 19:00
CBE
1
0
SID
Round 23
2 May 2024 16:00
ADA
1
0
SHA
2 May 2024 19:00
BDR
1
0
DIR
3 May 2024 16:00
EIC
2
0
HAM
3 May 2024 19:00
BUN
2
2
CBE
4 May 2024 16:00
SID
2
1
WOD
4 May 2024 19:00
HOS
1
2
FSK
5 May 2024 16:00
MEC
3
1
WOL
5 May 2024 19:00
KDG
1
2
HAW
Round 24
9 May 2024 16:00
FSK
0
0
BDR
9 May 2024 19:00
DIR
1
1
ADA
10 May 2024 16:00
KDG
0
1
EIC
10 May 2024 19:00
WOL
1
2
CBE
11 May 2024 16:00
HAW
1
1
SID
11 May 2024 19:00
WOD
1
2
BUN
12 May 2024 16:00
SHA
1
3
HOS
12 May 2024 20:00
HAM
0
2
MEC
Round 25
16 May 2024 16:00
WOD
0
5
CBE
16 May 2024 19:00
FSK
1
0
WOL
17 May 2024 16:00
HAM
0
2
BDR
17 May 2024 19:00
DIR
0
5
EIC
18 May 2024 16:00
KDG
1
1
HOS
18 May 2024 19:00
HAW
2
3
MEC
19 May 2024 16:00
ADA
2
1
SID
19 May 2024 19:00
SHA
1
2
BUN
Round 26
23 May 2024 16:00
WOL
0
3
DIR
23 May 2024 19:00
EIC
4
1
ADA
24 May 2024 16:00
MEC
2
2
SHA
24 May 2024 19:00
BDR
0
0
WOD
25 May 2024 16:00
CBE
1
0
FSK
25 May 2024 19:00
SID
0
1
KDG
26 May 2024 16:00
BUN
6
1
HAM
26 May 2024 19:00
HOS
1
2
HAW
Round 27
30 May 2024 16:00
CBE
2
2
BDR
30 May 2024 19:00
WOL
0
4
BUN
31 May 2024 16:00
FSK
0
1
MEC
31 May 2024 19:00
DIR
1
0
KDG
1 Jun 2024 16:00
HAW
-
-
ADA
1 Jun 2024 19:00
HAM
-
-
SID
2 Jun 2024 16:00
WOD
-
-
HOS
2 Jun 2024 19:00
SHA
-
-
EIC
Round 28
13 Jun 2024 16:00
SHA
-
-
FSK
13 Jun 2024 19:00
HAW
-
-
WOL
14 Jun 2024 16:00
ADA
-
-
BDR
14 Jun 2024 19:00
DIR
-
-
HOS
15 Jun 2024 16:00
EIC
-
-
BUN
15 Jun 2024 19:00
SID
-
-
MEC
16 Jun 2024 16:00
KDG
-
-
CBE
16 Jun 2024 19:00
HAM
-
-
WOD
Round 29
20 Jun 2024 16:00
HAW
-
-
BDR
20 Jun 2024 19:00
ADA
-
-
MEC
21 Jun 2024 16:00
DIR
-
-
SID
21 Jun 2024 19:00
HAM
-
-
WOL
22 Jun 2024 16:00
EIC
-
-
HOS
22 Jun 2024 19:00
KDG
-
-
BUN
23 Jun 2024 16:00
WOD
-
-
FSK
23 Jun 2024 19:00
SHA
-
-
CBE
Round 30
27 Jun 2024 16:00
KDG
-
-
FSK
27 Jun 2024 19:00
SHA
-
-
HAM
28 Jun 2024 16:00
EIC
-
-
CBE
28 Jun 2024 19:00
MEC
-
-
DIR
29 Jun 2024 16:00
ADA
-
-
WOL
29 Jun 2024 19:00
HAW
-
-
WOD
30 Jun 2024 06:00
SID
-
-
BDR
30 Jun 2024 19:00
HOS
-
-
BUN

Standing Table

#
Club
P
W
D
L
Pt
1
27
17
6
4
57
2
27
16
6
5
54
3
27
13
8
6
47
4
27
12
10
5
46
5
27
12
7
8
43
6
26
10
11
5
41
7
27
10
10
7
40
8
27
11
7
9
40
9
26
10
6
10
36
10
26
7
14
5
35
11
26
8
10
8
34
12
26
8
7
11
31
13
26
7
8
11
29
14
27
3
7
17
16
15
26
2
8
16
14
16
26
1
5
20
8

Top scorers chart

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Player
Played
Goals
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Hawassa Ketema
26
16
2
24
13
3
Kidus Giorgis
22
11
4
Bahir Dar Ketema
22
11
5
Ethiopia Nigd Bank
25
10
6
Ethiopia Bunna
19
9
7
Ethiopia Nigd Bank
22
9
8
Diredawa Ketema
23
9
9
Adama Ketema
24
9
10
Fasil Kenema
25
9

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