General

Abrham Mebratu, head coach of the Ethiopia national football team has named a 23-man squad for the upcoming African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier against Ghana that is scheduled for November 18th in Addis Ababa.

Mebratu has named largely the same squad that did battle against Kenya in a double-header last month with the only inclusion being that of Daniel Demisse who plays for Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) side, Coffee.

Demisse was named as the player of the tournament in this year’s Addis Ababa City Cup.

Ethiopia, currently bottom of Group F in the qualifiers with a single point, need a win from the Ghana game if they are to harbor any hope of making it to the continental showpiece that is to be hosted by Cameroon in 2019.

5-0 win

Ghana, who sat out the last two match days after Sierra Leone’s suspension, are second in the group with three points, four behind leaders Kenya who have amassed seven points from four rounds of play.

In the first game against the two teams, Ghana romped to a 5-0 win on match day 1 in Kumasi.

Below is the squad;

Goalkeepers: Abel Mamo, Samson Assefa

Defenders: Aschalew Tamene, Abdulkerim Mohammed, Abebe Tilahun, Desta Yohannes, Anteneh Tesfaye, Amsalu Tilahun, Temesgen Castro, Ahmed Reshid

Midfielders: Mulualem Mesfin, Claim Markneh, Daniel Demisse, Samson Tilahun, Shemeles Bekelle, Gatouch Panom, Benyam Belay

Attackers: Minyelu Wondemu, Abel Yalew, Getaneh Kebede, Addis Gidey, Amanuel Gebremichael, Oumed Oukori.