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Ethiopia

Nickname:
The Walya Antelopes
Founded:
1943
Joined FIFA:
1952

Ethiopia’s national team, nicknamed ‘The Wayla Antelopes’ can be regarded as a fallen power of African football. Though they have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, they were among the pioneers of international football on the continent, participating in the inaugural CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 1957 and winning the 1962 tournament on home soil.

Since then, however, Ethiopia have slipped to become one of the continent’s weakest sides. They last qualified for the Nations Cup in 1982, though they have at least won the CECAFA Cup four times, with the latest triumph in that competition coming in 2005.

The Wayla Antelopes are coached by Abraham Teklehaymanot and play their home games at the 35,000 capacity Addis Abeba Stadium. The majority of their present squad is locally-based, though Fikru Tefera has had success in South African football with Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United and has now moved onto Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic.

The country’s top flight domestic football division is the Ethiopian Premier League. The reigning champions are Saint-George, who have won a record 23 titles (12 more than nearest challengers Mechal) and made a semifinal appearance in the CAF Champions League back in 1967.

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