Ethiopia and Uganda drew nil-all in their first-leg African Cup qualifying round clash in the Addis Ababa Stadium on sunday (2 October).
Ethiopia and Uganda drew nil-all in their first-leg African Cup qualifying round clash in the Addis Ababa Stadium on sunday (2 October). The second leg is due to be played in Kampala, Uganda, next week.
SYNOPSIS: Revolutionary songs played by the Armed Forces Band ushered in the 1970 soccer season for Ethiopians...that's the year according to Ethiopia's own solar calender.
An overflow crowd estimated at tens of thousands watched as Uganda kicked off. They're playing in the light-coloured shorts and shirts.
Uganda went straight into the attack...but if fizzled out...the ball came back into mid-field, and then it was Ethiopia's turn.
But the home team didn't have any more success than their opponents...and the ball ended up safely out of play behind the goal.
Uganda came straight back into the attack...but, like so much of the game, the move just lacked the finishing touches, and the ball was headed clear by an Ethiopian defender.
Uganda kept up the pressure in the second half, but they still just couldn't manage to finish the moves and get the ball into the back of the net.
Ethiopia's big chance came in the 65th minute when Solomon Shiferaw was felled in the penalty area. It was almost the last chance Ethiopia would have of scoring to put tem one up before meeting Uganda in Kampala...but Bekere Adam's shot slammed harmlessly into the post.