With a display of dynamic football, the Ethiopian National team beat Ghana by two goals to nil in a friendly match in Addis Ababa on Sunday (1 February).
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GVs Crowds entering partially-completed stadium (3 shots)
GV Band playing national anthem
MV Teams lined up
MV Crowd watching
GV Captains exchange flags and spectators watch (2 shots)
GV Play commences, Ethiopia attack, but goal is saved
MV Crowd watching
GV Ethiopia attack and score goal, crowd watching (3 shots)
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Background: With a display of dynamic football, the Ethiopian National team beat Ghana by two goals to nil in a friendly match in Addis Ababa on Sunday (1 February).
The Ethiopians are improving with every outing, and in this game effectively demonstrated that they have overcome their formative troubles and achieved a degree of maturity that gave them the edge on the Ghanaian players.
As the match opened Ethiopia launched a furious attack, pinning their rivals to the defensive. With fast passes that seldom failed to reach their mark, and some good shots by Tesfaye Tewoled and Solomon, the Ethiopian team repeatedly kept the capacity crowd at Addis Ababa stadium on their feet.
The Ghana National team -- known as the Black Stars -- played some fine football, but were hampered by the absence of five of their regular players and the fact that they were unaccustomed to the altitude of Addis Ababa.
The Addis Ababa stadium was used for the match despite the fact that it is only partially completed. It is expected to be finished in time for the African Nations Cup.
SYNOPSIS: A festive occasion in Addis Ababa on Sunday, when a capacity crowd gathered at the Ethiopian capital's new sports stadium to watch a friendly football match between the Ethiopian national team and the Ghana national team.
No-one seemed to mind that the stadium was only partially completed. It will be finished in time for the African Nations Cup and -- like the teams playing on Sunday -- was being tried and tested for bigger things to come.
The Ethiopian Armed Forces band played the national anthems of the two countries before the start of play...and there were further ceremonials as the teams lined up and the captains exchanged souvenirs. The Ethiopian team is improving with every outing and appear to have overcome their formative troubles. The Ghanaian team--known as the Black Stars--were less fortunate though, in that they were short of five of their regular players, including the captain, Quasu. They were also at a disadvantage because of not having had enough time to acclimatise to the altitude in Addis Ababa.
As the match started Ethiopia launched a furious attack, pinning their rivals to the defensive. With fat passes that seldom failed to reach their mark and some good shots from Tesfaye Tewolde and Solomon, the Ethiopians repeatedly brought the crowd to their feet. The Black Stars broke through a few times, taking
advantage of defensive lapses from the home team, but were never in a scoring situation. The first half closed without goals, but from the beginning of the second, Ethiopia dominated....Solomon banged one home and then came Negussie's moment of triumph...making the score two-nil at the close of play.