Olympics Qualifiers: 25 Players Named in Ethiopia Squad to Face Nigeria

ADDIS ABABA – Twenty-five players have been called to the Ethiopian squad for the 2024 Women’s Olympics qualifiers against Nigeria.

Ethiopia and Nigeria will play the two-legged second-round Olympic qualifiers in the final week of October.

The Lucy’s progressed from the first round with a 10-0 aggregate win over Chad last July

They will host Nigeria the first on Oct 25 in Addis Ababa and then travel to Abuja for the second leg on October 31, 2023.

The squad selected for the two-legged qualifiers is dominated by the CBE FC and Hawassa players.

Eleven CBE and six Hawassa FC players are called up to the national team. The remaining nine players are from Mechal (4), Addis Ababa (2), Adama (2), and Sidama (1).

The 25-Squad list

GOALKEEPERS: Tarkwa Begena (CBE FC), Bethlehem Yohannes (Hawassa), and Abeba Ajebo (Addis Ababa FC)

DEFENDERS: Nardos Getnet (CBE), Betelhem Bekele (Mechal FC), Birke Amare (CBE), Senayit Shego (Adama FC), Bizuayehu Tadesse (CBE), Netsanet Tsegaye (Mechal), Kidist Zeleke (Hawassa FC), and Dirshye Menza (CBE)

MIDFIELDERS: Nyabuony Yien (CBE), Mesay Temesgen (CBE), Aregash Kalsa (CBE), Medain Sahilu (Mechal), Betelhem Getachew (Hawassa), and Betelhem Mentelo (Addis Ababa)

FORWARDS: Ariet Odong (CBE), Rediet Asresahegn (Hawassa), Loza Abera (CBE), Sinaf Wakuma (CBE), Majilet Mitiku (Sidama FC), Nigist Bekele (Mechal), Emush Daniel (Hawassa), and Turist Lema (Hawassa)

The Road to the 2024 Paris Olympics

Two spots are reserved for Africa in the women’s division. The qualifiers – which started off with 25 nations – are being played in four rounds. Nine teams progressed from the first round which attracted 18 teams.

Seven of the nine winners will meet one of the seven highest-ranked teams at the last Women’s African Cup of Nations in the second round. The other two will face each other.

The eight winners progress to the third round, which will be followed by the fourth round where the teams will be whittled to four. Winners of the fourth round will qualify for the final tournament.

The Paris 2024 football tournament will take place between 24 July and 10 August 2024.