Ethiopia secured a surprise 1-0 away win over Madagascar in Group B of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Sunday.
The win puts them level on three points with Nigeria and Guinea who play later on Sunday in Conakry.
Ethiopia lost their opening game at home when they were beaten 4-1 by Addis Ababa last month.
The win revives Ethiopia’s hopes of qualifying for the tournament to be held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Nigeria will host Ethiopia in Abuja in their next game in March next year while Guinea will travel to face Madagascar.
The Walias, as the Ethiopian national team is affectionately known as, revived its hope of qualifying for the 2012 Africa Nations Cup, with a rare 1-0 away win over Madagascar in a Group B match played here today.
Former St. George (Ethiopia) and current SuperSport United(South Africa) striker Fikru Teffera Lemessa scored the lone goal (77’) of the game.
Sadly, Ethiopia will miss striker Bedaso Hora (Mugher Cement) for the next game against Nigeria as he was sent off together with national coach Onura.
In Conakry, Guinea defeated the match heralded Nigeria Eagles 1-0 to go on top of Group B with 6 points from 2 matches followed by Nigeria and Ethiopia with 3 points. Madagascra
Ethiopia’s next game is against Nigeria Eagles in March 2011.
Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
Guinea 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6
Nigeria 2 1 0 1 2 1 1 3
Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 2 4 -2 3
Madagascar 2 0 0 2 0 3 -3 0
Source:BBC and Ethiosport