AFCON 2017 qualifiers: Ethiopia squad announced

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Ethiopia's fans and supporters during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations soccer match, Ethiopia Vs Nigeria at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa on January 29, 2013. Nigerian won 2-0. Photo by Christian Liewig/NCI/ABACAPRESS.COM -

Ethiopia head coach, Yohanes Sahle, has revealed his squad for the upcoming 2017 Orange Africa Cup Of Nations back-to-back qualifiers against Algeria.

Sahle decided to rely on a majority of locally-based 2016 CHAN campaigners, despite Ethiopia’s first round exit at the continental tournament in Rwanda. The team will be boosted by the return of Saint George striker, Salahdin Said, who is back in the squad after missing the World Cup qualifier clash against Congo through injury last November.

The Walya Antelopes will travel to Algeria on 25 March, before hosting them in Addis Ababa four days later.

Algeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Abele Mamo (Mugher Ciminto), Lealem Birhanu (Sidama Bunna), Tarik Getenet (Dedebit)

Defenders: Seyoum Tesfaye (Dedebit), Alula Girma (Saint George), Tekalegn Dejene (Dedebit), Souliman Mohammed (Adama Ketema), Asechalew Tamene (Saint George), Anteneh Tesfaye (Sidama Bunna), Yared Bayeh (Dashen Bira), Wendifraw Getahun (Ethiopia Bunna)

Midfielders: Gatoch Panom (Ethiopia Bunna), Asrat Megeressa (DashenBira), Biniam Belay (Ethiopia Nigd Bank), Tadele Mengesha (ArbaMinch Ketema), Behailu Assefa (Saint George), Shemeles Bekele (Petrojet/Egypt), Elias Mamo (Ethiopia Bunna), Ramkel Lok (Saint George)

Forwards: Dawit Fikadu (Dedebit), Getaneh Kebede (University Pretoria/South Africa), Tafesse Tesfaye (Adama Ketema), Mulualem Tilahun (Mekelakeya), Salahdin Said (Saint George)

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