By Angu Lesley
Ethiopian Football diehards is exploring possibilities of their team having at least 500 fans from Ethiopia accompany their senior national selection when they travel to Cameroon next month, for the 33rd edition of the Total Energies African Cup of Nations.
According to information in good authority, at least 500 supporters of the Walias will be part of the Ethiopian delegation when the 24-nation tournament gets underway on January 9.
This Pan-African Sports News portal understands the fans intend to be in Yaounde to boast the efforts of the boys of coach Wubetu Abate.
Winners of the 1962 tournament- Ethiopia returns to the AFCON scene for the first time since 2013, and they have been handed a tough pairing, thus emphasizing the need for an extra push from the stands.
The East Africans are lodged in Pool A, alongside Cape Verde Islands, making their third appearance at the AFCON. They share the group with runners-up in 2013 – Burkina Faso, and host Cameroon – credited five titles.
The Ethiopian team dominated by home-based footballers certainly have a number of their players whose fans for domestic Clubs want to see them at the Africa’s flagship tournament.
The move by the Ethiopian delegation to be lodged in Yaounde sends a message to the rest of the national selections to participate in the month-long football festival.
Ethiopia’s tournament will open on January 9, against the Cape Verde Islands. Thereafter, they will face host and five time champions Cameroon. Their final group game, on January 17 will be against Burkina Faso.
Captain Getaneh Kebede and mates will play their group matches at the recently-constructed Olembe Omnisport Stadium. They go into this tournament hoping to get pass the group stages for the first time since 1968, certainly with the help of fans.
Debutants Gambia are also working on facilitating the travel of 300 fans to Cameroon.
CAF has come up with Covid-19 related guidelines for the tournament and it is almost certain that fans will attend games though it will be down to the proportion allow by a taskforce put in place by the local health authorities and the continental body.
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