ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian national team secured their ticket to the 2023 African Cup of Nations (CHAN) scheduled to be held in Algeria.
The Walia Ibex, who ousted South Sudan in the previous round, qualified for the tournament after a 0-1 aggregate victory over Rwanda on Saturday.
Ten days ago, the two teams shared the spoils with a goalless draw in their first leg match at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam.
The home based Walia Ibex, coached by Wubetu Abate, played the game away from their fans after CAF banned the Bahir Dar stadium for failing to meet the standards to host international matches.
The return match took place on Saturday in Rwanda’s Huye Stadium where midfielder Dawa Hottesa scored the only goal of the double-legged qualifiers.
Dawa’s direct free kick goal in the 22nd minute helped Ethiopia qualify for the biennial African football showpiece for home-based african players.
The victory also avenged Ethiopia’s defeat to Rwanda in the final round of the qualifying tie for CHAN 2020. Rwanda progressed to the tournament after beating Ethiopia 2-1 on aggregate.
Algeria will host the 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in January.