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Ethiopia building up for positive CHAN return after six-year absence as coach Abate names final 28-man squad

Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex is making a return to the TotalEnergies Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) for the first time since 2016 and are looking for a better performance this time.

Veteran tactician Wubetu Abate handles both the main national team and the CHAN team and will lead the Ethiopians on the touchline at the tournament in Algeria.

The Walias last qualification to the tournament was in 2016 and they have failed to qualify for the previous two editions. Ethiopia hopes to build on their qualification to the 2021 AFCON, hoping the lessons from Cameroon can spur them on to the home-based players’ tournament.

Ethiopia is one of the few African countries whose primary national team is majorly composed of local-based players and almost the entire team that travelled to Cameroon for the AFCON in January is expected to do duty in Algeria next month.

Ethiopia has been drawn into group A for the tournament and will square out with hosts Algeria, Libya and Mozambique.

Below are the final 28-man squad for the tournament;

Match Schedule (Group A)

January 13, 2023 : Ethiopia vs Mozambique, 20h00 local time – Baraki Stadium, Algiers

January 17, 2023 : Algeria vs Ethiopia, 17h00 local time – Baraki Stadium, Algiers

January 21, 2023 : Libya vs Ethiopia, 20h00 local time – 19 May Stadium, Annaba

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