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Ethiopia women's national football team

The Ethiopia women national football team is the national women football team of Ethiopia and has been overseen by the Ethiopian Football Federation. As of June 2017, they are ranked 97th in the world.[4] They are popularly known as Lucy and Dinknesh in reference to the Australopithecus fossil.[5]

Ethiopia
Nickname(s)Lucy
AssociationEthiopian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachEthiopia Selam Zeray
Most capsBizuhan
Top scorerBirtukan Gebrekirstos
FIFA codeETH
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 117 Decrease 1 (29 March 2019)[1]
Highest77 (July 2003)
Lowest117 (March 2019)
First international
 Ethiopia 2−0 Uganda 
(Addis Ababa; 22 September 2002)[2]
Biggest win
 Libya 0−8 Ethiopia 
(Cairo, Egypt; 4 April 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 7−0 Ethiopia 
(Lagos, Nigeria; 9 October 2003)[3]
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultFourth Place, 2004

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HistoryEdit

The Ethiopian national team made its debut in September 2002 in the 2002 African Championship's qualifiers, beating Uganda to progress to the final tournament, where it ended last in its group, only grasping a tie with Mali. It subsequently played the 2003 All-Africa Games, losing all three games.

In 2004 they again qualified for the African Championship, where they made it to the semifinals after beating South Africa and drawing with Zimbabwe. After being knocked out by Nigeria, they lost the bronze to Ghana on penalties. As of 2013 it remains Ethiopia's best performance in the competition.

Ethiopia withdrew from the 2006 African Championship, and it didn't take part in the 2008 edition either. However it did take part in the 2007 All-Africa Games, losing its two games. In its return to the African Championship in 2010 it was defeated in the qualifiers by Tanzania. On the other hand, in the 2012 Summer Olympics qualifiers Ethiopia made it to the final round after knocking out Congo DR and Ghana, ultimately losing an spot in the Olympics to South Africa.

In 2012 the team qualified for the African Championship 8 years later, settling the score with Tanzania. It didn't manage to score, only grasping a draw with Cameroon.

Competitive recordEdit

Africa Women Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Women Cup of Nations
Year Round GP W D L GF GA
1991 Did not enter
1995
  1998
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 8
 2004 Fourth place 5 1 2 2 4 8
  2006 Did not enter
  2008
  2010 Did not qualify
  2012 Group stage 3 0 1 2 0 8
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016
  2018
Total 3/12 11 1 4 6 6 24

All African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
  2003 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 15
  2007 Group Stage 2 0 0 2 1 6
  2011 Did not enter
  2015 Did not qualify
Total 2/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Overall competition recordEdit

Competition Stage Opponent Result Position Scorers
2002 African Championship qualifiers First round   Eswatini Walkover
Second round   Uganda 2–0 2–2
  2002 African Championship First stage   Nigeria
  Mali
  Ghana
0–3
2–2
0–3
4 / 4 0
Endegene-Leme 2
0
  2003 All-Africa Games First stage   Cameroon
  Zimbabwe
  Nigeria
0–3
0–4
0–7
4 / 4
2004 African Championship qualifiers Second round   Malawi 4–0 5–0 Ware 4, Feleke 3, Bekele, Semira
  2004 African Championship First stage   Zimbabwe
  Ghana
  South Africa
1–1
1–2
2–1
2 / 4 ?
Yassin
Melaku, Ware
Semifinals   Nigeria 0–4
Third place   Ghana 0–0 (PSO: 5–6)
2006 African Championship qualifiers First round   Zimbabwe Withdrew
  2007 All-Africa Games First stage   Nigeria
  South Africa
0–3
1–3
3 / 3 0
Feleke
2010 African Championship qualifiers First round   Tanzania 1–3 1–1 Ware, Yassin
2012 Summer Olympics qualifiers Second round   DR Congo 0–0 3–0
Third round   Ghana 1–0 1–2
Final round   South Africa 0–3 1–1
2012 African Championship qualifiers First round   Egypt 2–4 4–0 Biza 3, Abaa, Bekele, Ware
Second round   Tanzania 2–1 1–0 Aboye, Bekele, ?
  2012 African Championship First stage   Ivory Coast
  Nigeria
  Cameroon
0–5
0–3
0–0
4 / 4
2014 African Championship qualifiers First round   South Sudan Walkover
Second round   Ghana 0-2 0-3

Current squadEdit

Squad for the 2012 African Women's Championship, according to CAF's website.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Liya Ossa (1984-10-09) October 9, 1984 (age 34)   Dedebit FC
18 1GK Dagmawet Bekele (1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 30)   CBE SA
21 1GK Israel Gebru (1988-12-28) December 28, 1988 (age 30)   Ethiopian Coffee FC

3 2DF Woinshet Desta (1986-01-20) January 20, 1986 (age 33)   Dedebit FC
4 2DF Tiruanchi Sisay (1987-01-07) January 7, 1987 (age 32)   CBE SA
5 2DF Kelem Mamuye (1994-10-10) October 10, 1994 (age 24)
14 2DF Hiwot Buwli (1992-02-24) February 24, 1992 (age 27)   CBE SA
17 2DF Bezuhan Alemar (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 33)   Dedebit FC
20 2DF Adanech Adere (1990-11-20) November 20, 1990 (age 28)   Ethiopian Coffee FC

2 3MF Eden Negeri (1990-04-06) April 6, 1990 (age 29)   Dedebit FC
6 3MF Tutu Melaku (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 32)   CBE SA
7 3MF Zulka Badega (1988-07-21) July 21, 1988 (age 30)   CBE SA
8 3MF Aynalem Gebra (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 25)   CBE SA
12 3MF Berktawit Aboye (1988-08-17) August 17, 1988 (age 30)   Dedebit FC
15 3MF Kidest Endale (1989-07-18) July 18, 1989 (age 29)   Dedebit FC
19 3MF Akberet Hadera (1994-05-18) May 18, 1994 (age 25)   CBE SA

9 4FW Erehima Biza (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 31)   CBE SA
10 4FW Shetaye Abaa (1988-06-30) June 30, 1988 (age 30)   CBE SA
11 4FW Birtukan Ware (1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 30)   Dedebit FC
16 4FW Helen Bekele (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 (age 31)

Manager historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Liberia: Fixtures and Results". FIFA. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  3. ^ "2003 All-Africa Games results in RSSSF.com". Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  4. ^ "FIFA Team Profile". FIFA. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Archaeology: Lucy, world's oldest, returns to Ethiopia". The Africa Report. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ Osano, Bonface (18 August 2016). "Mereret Manne names Ethiopia Women's team for CECAFA". Soka25east. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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