Africa Cup of Nations preview: Ethiopia

Sports Mole looks ahead to Ethiopia's participation at this year's Africa Cup of Nations.

Former champions Ethiopia make a return to the Africa Cup of Nations this year for the first time since 1982.

A thrilling victory on away goals saw them progress at the expense of Sudan after the two teams had drawn 5-5 on aggregate.

Ethiopia come into the competition with all but two of their 23-man squad currently playing their club football at home.

Many of those players have little experience of international football and merely avoiding three defeats is likely to be considered a successful campaign.

Group: C

Players to watch out for:

Adane Girma

The striker scored twice during qualifying and he will have to be at his best if Ethiopia are to spring any shocks at the tournament.

Degu Debebe

Ethiopia's captain is sure to be a busy man in defence during the group stage, but he will need to keep the younger players focused if they are to avoid embarrassment.

Previous best: Winners 1962

Odds to win outright: 200/1

Sports Mole says: Group stage

Seydou Keita
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