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AFCON: Ethiopia’s coach blames referee for defeat to Cape Verde


AFCON: Ethiopia’s coach blames referee for defeat to Cape Verde

Isifu Wirfengla

Ethiopia has failed to secure their dream start to the Africa Cup of Nations which kick-started in Cameroon on Sunday 9 January 2022.

Returning after eight years, the Walias lost narrowly (0-1) to Cape Verde.

Ethiopia’s biggest setback happened when fullback Yared Bayeh was sent off for bringing down Tavares seven minutes after kick-off.

Julio Carolino Tavares’ halftime stoppage time header would hand Cape Verde a good start to their third Afcon.

Coach Abate Wubetu (Ethiopia):

“We lost the game. One man down very early. We tried to fight. Unfortunately we couldn’t change the result. But we have players that lack experience for such a tournament, such games. On the goal I am not sure if it was a card or not. It’s about the referee but we learn a lot.”

“We tried to manage the game until the final minutes. We lost in the first half. I cannot say that Cape Verde were much better than us.”

We have two games remaining. We know that they are a good team. They are playing on their soil. They are playing in front of their supporters also. But hopefully we will start [against Cameroon] with eleven players to fight them and see what will happen.”

Coach Abate Wubetu on striker Getaneh:

“He has scored for the team a lot. He performed well in the match. But because we were one man down, most of the players were running too much including him. So it was better to replace with the fresh legs. The fresh legs are letting us to give the game more energy.”

Humberto Bettencourt (assistant coach of Cape Verde):

“We are happy to our collective performance and also the distinction of Rocha as Man of The Match. Three important points for us for the race to the qualification in the next round.”

“We knew the quality of the Ethiopian team. We took advantage of the spaces in the middle of the field and played our best football to get the points for the victory. “

Ethiopia will play its next game against Cameroon on Thursday 13 January.

Two successful penalty kicks by captain Vincent Aboubakar helped the hosts come from one nil down to beat Burkina Faso in the tournament’s opener in Olembe stadium Yaounde.

25-year-old attacker for France’s second tier side Quevilly-Rouen Metropole, Gustavo Sangare, became the first player to score at the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Table – Group A:

  1. Cameroon 3 pts
  2. Cape Verde 3 pts
  3. Burkina Faso 0 pts
  4. Ethiopia 0 pts


Monday 10 January

Group B – Kouekong Stadium Bafoussam

Senegal v Zimbabwe

Guinea vs Malawi

Group C – Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium Yaoundé

Morocco vs Ghana

Comoros vs Gabon

Isifu Wirfengla
Isifu Wirfengla

Isifu Michael WIRFENGLA is holder of a Bsc. in Journalism. He has five years of broadcast experience. Apart from freelance/sports reporting, he is a practising/trained football Referee in Cameroon and Communicator for the Ministry of Justice in Yaounde.


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