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Nickname(s) The Walya Antelopes
Association Ethiopian Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Abraham Teklehaymanot
Most caps Luciano Vassalo
Home stadium Addis Abeba Stadium
FIFA ranking 122
Highest FIFA ranking 86 (September 2006,
June 2007, February 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking 155 (December 2001)
Elo ranking 126
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Ethiopia Ethiopia 5 - 0 French Somaliland France
(Ethiopia; 1 May 1947)
Biggest win
Ethiopia Ethiopia 7 - 0 Tanzania Tanzania
(Ethiopia; 8 October 1969)
Ethiopia Ethiopia 8 - 1 Djibouti Djibouti
(Ethiopia; 27 March 1983)
Biggest defeat
Nigeria Nigeria 6 - 0 Ethiopia Ethiopia
(Lagos, Nigeria; 24 July 1993)
African Nations Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1957)
Best result Winners, 1962

The Ethiopian national football team, nicknamed the The Walya Antelopes is controlled by the Ethiopian Football Federation. It was one of only three teams (along with Egypt and Sudan) to participate in the inaugural African Nations Cup in 1957. Ethiopia won the competition in 1962 when it was the host, but success has been elusive since the end of the 1960s.




Early days

Ethiopia has a long football tradition and was among the pioneers of international competition in Africa, playing its first international match in 1947, defeating a Djibouti selection 5-0. The team took part in the inaugural African Nations Cup in 1957.[1] It also took part in the 1962 World Cup qualifiers, playing against Israel. The peak came in 1962 when the team won the African tournament on home soil, with a squad featuring stars such as forwards Mengistu Worku and Italo Vassalo, and midfielder Luciano Vassalo.

They remained a force in the continent for the remainder of the decade, although further success in the Nations Cup -- let alone World Cup qualification -- eluded them. The increasing number of national teams in Africa left Ethiopia as one of the lowest ranked African national football teams. Ethiopia hosted the Nations Cup tournament in 1976 (but failed to progress to the final four) and last qualified for the tournament in 1982.

Recent times

However, there have been signs of revival in recent years. In the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifiers, Ethiopians missed out on qualification by 3 points, losing their final game in Guinea. In the 2008 qualifiers, they showed promising signs once more but finished bottom of their group after losing their last two games.

Ethiopia Football Achievements

  • 4 times Champion (1987, 2001, 2004, 2005)
  • 1 time third place finish (2000)
  • 1 time fourth place finish (1995)

World Cup record

  • 1930 to 1954 - Did not enter
  • 1958 - Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1962 - Did not qualify
  • 1966 - Did not enter
  • 1970 to 1986 - Did not qualify
  • 1990 - Did not enter
  • 1994 - Did not qualify
  • 1998 - Did not enter
  • 2002 - Did not qualify
  • 2006 - Did not qualify
  • 2010 - Disqualified

African Nations Cup record

  • 1980 - Did not qualify
  • 1982 - Round 1
  • 1984 - Did not qualify
  • 1986 - Withdrew
  • 1988 - Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1990 - Did not qualify
  • 1992 - Withdrew during qualifying
  • 1994 to 1998 - Did not qualify
  • 2000 - Withdrew
  • 2002 to 2008 - Did not Qualify
  • 2010 - Disqualified

Current squad

The following players were called for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Mauritania on June 22, 2008.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Samson Aseffa December 1, 1988 Ethiopia EEPCO
2 DF Degu Debebe January 1, 1984 Ethiopia Saint-George SA
3 DF Damte Hunegnaw
4 MF Adebaw Butako Ethiopia Saint-George SA
5 DF Michael Desta July 13, 1986
6 MF Negatu Abebe Fentahun Ethiopia Awassa City F.C.
7 FW Said Saladin Ethiopia Saint-George SA
8 MF Mulugeta Mihret Captain sports.svg Ethiopia Awassa City F.C.
9 FW Andualem Nigussie June 15, 1986 Ethiopia Saint-George SA
10 MF Daniel Deribe March 25, 1983 Ethiopia Awassa City F.C.
11 FW Zinabu Yared
12 FW Samuel Alemu Brazil FC Independente
13 FW Solomon Kebede October 14, 1981 Ethiopia EEPCO
14 MF Mohamed Mesud
15 DF Adane Girma January 25, 1985 Ethiopia Saint-George SA
16 MF Aneley Berhane 1986 Ethiopia Awassa City F.C.
17 DF Samson Mulugeta December 14, 1983 Ethiopia Saint-George SA
18 GK Jamal Sadat July 2, 1983 Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee
19 FW Fikru-Teferra Lemessa January 24, 1986 Czech Republic FK Mladá Boleslav

Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
12 DF Siyoum Girom (v. Maurutania on June 13) March 4, 1986
10 FW Tafese Tesfaye (v. Rwanda on June 8) June 10, 1986 Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee

List of coaches


  1. ^ "History of Ethiopian Football (Soccer)", Ethiosports website (accessed 21 May 2009)

Simple English

Association Ethiopian Football Federation
Confederation CAF
Coach Abraham Teklehaymanot
Most caps Luciano Vassalo ()
Top scorer Getu Tilahun ()
World Cup
Appearances 0

Ethiopia national football team is the national football team of Ethiopia.

Current Squad


Deyas Adugna

Tadios Getachew

Jemal Sadat


Anwar Siraj

Tamirat Abebe

Bekele Zewdu

Bin lardame

Daniel Teklu

Degu Debebe


Teshome Getu

Yohanes Wolde Muluken

Girma Ashenafi

Mulualem Regassa

Mesfin Assefa

Daniel Habtamu

Hyder Mensur

Adugna Gelaneh

Ibrahim Hussein


Yordanos Abay

Tafese Tesfaye

Abubakar Ismael

Ermias Kidanu

Andualem Nigussie

Elmedin Mohammed


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