The Walias in a training session at Mozambique's Zimpeto National stadium (Photo EFF)

The Walias Travel to Maputo for Afcon Qualifiers against Malawi

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian national football team has traveled today to Mozambique’s capital to play Malawi in the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) qualifiers.

On Tuesday, Ethiopia will play host to Malawi away from its home stadium, which was ruled unfit for the competition by CAF inspectors.

The newly appointed interim head coach Daniel Gebremariam picked 23 players for the fifth round of qualifying matches in Group D last week.

The team flew to Maputo on Sunday morning following a week-long training at the Adama University Stadium.

The players carried out their first training hours after their arrival in Maputo at Mozambique’s Zimpeto National stadium ahead Tuesday’s game against Malawi.

Egypt’s 2-1 victory over Guinea has opened the door for both Ethiopia and Malawi – who each have three points.

The winner of that match has a chance to catch up but a draw would see Guinea, on nine points, to become the second team to qualify for the continental tournament.

Egypt, on 12 points, has already qualified for the AfCON 2023 to be played in Ivory Coast next year.

Ethiopian 23-Man Squad


Seid Habtamu, Bahiru Negash, Biniam Genetu


Amlemhiran Yigezu, Henok Adugna, Ramadan Yesuf, Firaol Mengistu, Milion Solomon, Aschalew Tamene, Yared Baye, Amanuel Terfu


Aleleign Azene, Amanuel Yohannes, Shimelis Bekele, Abebayehu Ajiso, Kenean Markneh, Wegene Gezahegb, Biniam Belay


Yosef Tarekegn, Biruk Muluketa, Duresa Shubissa, Habtamu Tadesse, Abel Mamush