By Afeseh Apong
The head coach of the Walias Ethiopia Wubetu Abate Wubetu, has told the press that his side will use the experience of AFCON 2021, to improve in future competitions.
1962 AFCON winners Ethiopia, have suffered two defeats in their two group A outings, and are certainly the first team to be butted out of the 33rd edition of the tournament ongoing in Cameroon.
Dawa Hotessa’s early goal gave the Walias hopes, but a ruthless response from Cameroon all but ended Ethiopia’s AFCON journey.
“Today we were not good especially in the defensive transition, then we faced a strong team so they deserve to win,” Coach Wubetu Abate said after the game.
“We created some chances but we were not clinical enough and we did work well in our transitions. Apart from that, we were facing the most experience team in our group.
The game against Cameroon produced the highest scoreline of the competition this far, with Ethiopia’s defense now the worst in the competition with five goals conceded.
“Conceding four goals makes you suffer and stress but we will try to show our maximum in the last game, because we don’t know what would happen. I’m not saying that we’re sure to win the next game, but generally we came here after a lot of struggle but it will help us to check ourselves well where we are now and where we will be in the future, Abate added.
“We’re tried to play well especially in the first half, but it is all about the experience. You need to have some players with good experience, to manage some situations on the pitch. Almost all our players are home based, they don’t have any exposure in big tournaments. If we continue like this and feature in Competition’s of this magnitude, and try develop some players to reach top level, we can improve for the future.
“If you take all goes away from the match, maybe the difference is not that much. We tried to show what we have. Today we tried to play open football, but the level also matters.
The Walias were making there comeback to the continental scene, after they last featured at AFCON 2013 in South Africa.
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