2014 World Cup Qualifier: Ethiopia Remain Top of Group A

Getaneh Kedebe, pictured above at the 2013 Africa Nations Cup in January, and Salahdin Ahmed scored the winning goals for Ethiopia as the Walyas defeated the host Botswana 2-1 in a Group A World Cup qualifying match on Saturday. (Getty Images)

Super Sport

08 June 2013

Ethiopia remained top with 11 points after goals by Getaneh Kedebe and Salahdin Ahmed edged out the home side.

Ethiopia came into the game knowing that a win would highly increase their chances of qualifying for the Fifa World Cup as they lead their pool on eight points – five ahead of second placed South Africa.

It was never going to be an easy test overcoming a strong Botswana squad Stanley Tshosane put out on home soil, despite having only won one of their last six matches.

As the game progressed neither team was able to produce any goals by the conclusion of the first half hour.

But three minutes later the deadlock breaking goal did arrive when Getaneh Kedebe put Ethiopia in front as the Zebras struggled to get the best out of their wingers Phenyo Mongala and Joel Mogorosi.

A second was handed to the away side on the stroke of halftime, when Salahdin Ahmed had no trouble in converting his effort to make it 2-0.

Read more at Super Sport.

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