Djibouti, Ethiopia in battle at the bottom

Djibouti, Ethiopia in battle at the bottom
Djibouti players warm up during the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers ©Nour Aknajja/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jun 08, 2024. 11:29

Djibouti will tussle it out with Ethiopia in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Sunday, 9 June.

Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.

The Group A encounter will take place at Djbouti’s temporary home ground, Ben M’Hamed El Abdi Stadium in El Jadida, Morocco.

Djibouti’s Shoremen of the Red Sea are wounded having suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sierra Leone away on 5 June.

As a result, the Shoremen of the Red Sea are winless in Group A having lost their first three matches against Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, and Sierra Leone.

Djibouti are currently sixth in Group A standings – two points behind fifth-placed Ethiopia coming into their encounter.

Gabriel Dadzie – who scored Djibouti’s consolation goal against Sierra Leone – will be looking to inspire the Shoremen of the Red Sea to a win over Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia were very stubborn in their most recent game as they held Guinea-Bissau to a 0-0 draw away on 6 June.

As a result. Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex have two points from their first three matches in Group A having recorded draws against Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau, and a defeat to Burkina Faso.

Walia Ibex are placed fifth in the Group A standings – three points behind second-placed Guinea-Bissau with seven matches left.

Amanuel Gebremichael  – who has scored seven goals in 42 matches for Ethiopia – will carry Walia Ibex’s hopes of securing a win over Djibouti.

In Head-to-Head stats, this will be the 17th meeting between the two East African countries, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

Ethiopia boast of unbeaten record against Djibouti having won 15 matches and drawn one.

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