Talking points from Ethiopia’s disappointing defeat to Cameroon

Football is all about result, but always on pitch performances shall be measured and be given credit for. Ethiopia were thrashed by Cameron but the performance especially in the first half is the one the Ethiopians should be proud of but failed to sustain over the entirety of the match.

Wubetu Abate deployed the more familiar 4-3-3(4-1-4-1) as he made a big call to drop their skipper Getaneh Kebede replacing him with Dawa Hottesa, meaning Abubeker Nasser is moved to his preferred central striking role as opposed to playing from the wide left as he did in the last game.

Walia’s were positive with or without the ball from the get go and opened the scoring in the 4th minute through Dawa Hottesa from a well worked offensive transition after a possession turnover deep into their own half.

The first half witnessed a much improved build up play from Ethiopia this might be due to Cameron’s not willing to press Ethiopia high rather they were reluctant to create turnovers in the middle of the pitch and also in their defensive zone.

The Cameroonian had little interest to put pressure in the first 30 meters of the pitch, Cameron playing with two men up front were mainly focusing on restricting passes between Ethiopia’s CB. Ethiopia with so much space and time were not that effective in creating passing sequences and successfully building from the back frequently, but started to adjust deep into the first half with the left sided CB Mingote Debebe start to act as an alternative ball carrier to progress the ball smoothly.

Mingote Debebe was a player with the most touches (73) showing his improvement throughout the game, also Ethiopia lost possession in its own defensive third only 23 times which was a drastic decrease from the first game where they lost 48 times.

Further up the field, Abubeker Nasser who was operating as a “false 9” was seen maneuvering here and there to facilitate ball progression, of the 53 touches he had in the entire 90 minutes most of them were in the center of the pitch and also floating here and there.

Off the ball, they were utilizing a very high defensive line with a 4-1-4-1 pressing scheme to compress the pitch, the veteran Mesud Mohammed was acting as a pressing trigger to initiate Ethiopia’s press by joining high with Abubeker Nasser, but of the 43 total recoveries, the attacking third recoveries (4) and midfield recoveries (13) were very low proving that there was the intent but the execution was lacking.

Offensively Ethiopia’s overall play has improved, by a measure of the quality of chances created (XG) it has improved significantly from 0.26 against Cape Verde to 1.63 in Cameroon’s game. While Cameron outscored them with an XG of 2.25.

Ethiopia especially in the first half had much of their attacking play coming from the wings, with 44.4% & 42.6% coming from the left and right side respectively with only 13.0% of it coming through the middle, this was evident as Amanuel G/Micheal mainly & Dawa Hottesa were behind with a couple of chances were Ethiopia threatened.

Dawa Hottesa was also forced to do a lot of defensive work to help a seemingly offensively tasked left back Remedan Yesuf, as he was given more freedom to move higher up the pitch mainly in the first half while on the right side Suleiman Hamid was playing cautiously in line with the CB pairing.

Possession wise the game was evenly contested, Ethiopia had about 458 passes(86.46% accuracy) with 203 (79.8% accuracy) of them coming in opponent half and 99 progressing to the final third with 68.68% success and of all the passes 283(61.79%) of them were forward passed, which was a slight increase from the first game.

Also, Ethiopia entered the final third 54 times and entered the opponent penalty area 13 times also they had 12 shots with 5 of them hitting the target.

But the second half overall display was a testament that the Cameroon national team is away from ahead of its Ethiopian counterpart in tactical and physical aspects of the game, as they were the dominant side in the contest after Ethiopia’s first half domination.

Coming into the second half Toni Concensao’s men were very aggressive in those 1v1 midfield situations coming out on top in most of the contests, thus whenever there is turnover in possession they would transition quickly putting runners behind the higher defensive line of Ethiopia.

Once Cameron scored the second goal the home side backed by the galvanized crowd were all at it with a shift in momentum it was a matter of time before they grabbed each other.

All the four goals Cameron scored in the entirety of the had similarity in their manner as we mentioned above. Also, the goals were originated from Cameron’s lateral attack with ball watching defending a common defensive issue playing a part in the goals. Once again Ethiopia’s defensive players were caught napping as their only focus was on the ball instead if they have scanned the space and where the opponent player is the story might be different.

But the overall first half display has a lot of positives but Ethiopia failed to replicate that in the second half as their aggressive approach in the first half created a burnout in the second half, heads up this is not the end to the world so lesson should be learned and move on.

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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
0
5
ADA
1 Jun 2024 19:00
HAM
0
2
SID
2 Jun 2024 16:00
WOD
2
1
HOS
2 Jun 2024 19:00
SHA
0
2
EIC
Round 28
13 Jun 2024 16:00
SHA
1
2
FSK
13 Jun 2024 19:00
HAW
2
2
WOL
14 Jun 2024 16:00
ADA
2
3
BDR
14 Jun 2024 19:00
DIR
1
3
HOS
15 Jun 2024 16:00
EIC
1
2
BUN
15 Jun 2024 19:00
SID
1
4
MEC
16 Jun 2024 16:00
KDG
1
1
CBE
16 Jun 2024 19:00
HAM
0
0
WOD
Round 29
20 Jun 2024 16:00
HAW
1
1
BDR
27 Jun 2024 18:00
DIR
0
2
SID
28 Jun 2024 15:00
EIC
1
0
HOS
29 Jun 2024 15:00
WOD
0
0
FSK
29 Jun 2024 18:00
KDG
1
1
BUN
30 Jun 2024 15:00
HAM
0
2
WOL
30 Jun 2024 15:00
SHA
0
2
CBE
30 Jun 2024 18:00
ADA
0
3
MEC
Round 30
3 Jul 2024 13:00
HAW
2
0
WOD
3 Jul 2024 16:00
HOS
2
1
BUN
4 Jul 2024 15:00
KDG
4
0
FSK
4 Jul 2024 18:00
SID
2
1
BDR
5 Jul 2024 15:00
SHA
3
1
HAM
5 Jul 2024 15:00
ADA
0
1
WOL
5 Jul 2024 16:00
EIC
0
2
CBE
5 Jul 2024 16:00
MEC
1
0
DIR

Standing Table

#
Club
P
W
D
L
Pt
1
30
19
7
4
64
2
30
19
6
5
63
3
30
14
9
7
51
4
30
13
11
6
50
5
30
13
9
8
48
6
30
11
11
8
44
7
30
11
11
8
44
8
30
9
14
7
41
9
30
11
8
11
41
10
30
10
10
10
40
11
30
11
7
12
40
12
30
11
7
12
40
13
30
8
10
12
34
14
30
5
8
17
23
15
30
3
8
19
17
16
30
1
6
23
9

Top scorers chart

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Player
Played
Goals
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Hawassa Ketema
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20
2
27
15
3
Kidus Giorgis
25
13
4
Adama Ketema
25
12
5
Ethiopia Nigd Bank
28
12
6
Ethiopia Bunna
23
11
7
Bahir Dar Ketema
24
11
8
27
10
9
Ethiopia Nigd Bank
23
9
10
Diredawa Ketema
27
9

2023/24 Competitions

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CAF Champions League
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CAF Confederation Cup
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Ethiopian Cup
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Ethiopian Higher League
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Ethiopian League 1
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Ethiopian Premier League
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Ethiopian U-20 Premier League
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Ethiopian Women's Higher League
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Ethiopian Womens Premier League
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