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Ethiopia were one of just three teams (along with Egypt and Sudan) to participate in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations in 1957 and they won the 1962 edition as hosts.
Sadly, the former African football pioneers have not appeared at an AFCON finals tournament since 1982.
Ethiopia have had some success in the CECAFA Cup, wining it four times (1987, 2001, 2004 and 2005), but it is merely a minor international competition and the east Africans would love nothing more than a return to the Nations Cup; a tournament they helped get off the ground more than half a century ago.
The Walya Antelopes will be rank outsiders to qualify for Gabon/Equatorial Guinea 2012 from Group B, as even minnows Madagascar are rated higher in FIFAs world rankings, never mind Guinea and powerhouses Nigeria.
Ethiopias coach is Iffy Onuora, a former professional player born in Scotland of Nigerian descent. He has managerial experience in England from his time with Walsall, Swindon Town, Gillingham and Lincoln City. Onuora signed a one-year contract to coach Ethiopia in June 2010.
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