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African Nations Championship Chan match report Libya defeat Ethiopia

Posted: 13 January 2014 Time: 21:55

Libya moved top of Group C after defeating Ethiopia 2-0 in their African Nations Championship (Chan) opener at Free State Stadium on Monday night.

Elmutasem Abushnaf and substitute Abdelsalam Omar struck either side of the break for the north Africans.

Earlier, Ghana ousted Congo 1-0 at the same venue.

It was a debut for Ethiopia in the Chan event while Libya returned to the competition for the second time since the very first event in 2009 in Cote d'Ivoire where they failed to make it out of the group stage.

Libya started the better side and took an early lead when Abushnaf ran into the danger area and unleashed a powerful strike that flew past Jemal Bushra in goal.

Libya continued to add pressure and created several chances, which showed the Ethiopian defence to be quite shaky at times.

In the 27th minute Ethiopia went close to a leveller as Demessie turned and volleyed from a very tight angle but he could not keep his rising shot on target.

Ethiopia tried to force a comeback towards the end of the half, but Libya nearly scored a second in the 40th minute when Fetori’s free kick was fumbled and then gathered by the Ethiopian goalkeeper.

In the 58th minute Ethiopia wasted a glorious chance to equalise as Manyane Abera burst towards goal, but only managed to sky his effort over the bar.

Then in the 83rd minute Omar got a second for Libya when he outwitted his marker before placing the ball into the back of the net to effectively kill off the tie.

Livefyre comments on this story...

sphithiphithi ngobe
posted: 2014-01-13 20:01:42

Libya was just lucky that muhammed Parker was not there, leading goal scorer yadi own goal

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-13 20:02:30

i honestly dont know how we lost to this armatures 

sphithiphithi ngobe
posted: 2014-01-13 20:21:52

Go ask parker

Proudly Ethiopian
posted: 2014-01-13 20:27:04

This team is a disgrace to the nation.Time to suck the coach and his crew...!! 

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-13 20:32:19

sphithiphithi ngobe hahahaha 

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-13 20:34:08

man that goal will go a long way,thats me in the middle of my profile picture

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-01-14 06:18:12

Libya beat Ethiopia but Ethiopia will take solace from the fact one team will never beat them...in fact the way that team fear Ethiopia they even score for them.

Pathetic team full of bunch of failures and led by a confused coach.

posted: 2014-01-14 08:00:06

I felt very proud of our Free State fans, the guys showed the love for the diski coming out in numbers to watch the game. I salute them for their whole hearted love for Diski. Danki Sechaba sa masokolara, dankie ga nngwe dankie ga bedi, dankie ga raro

posted: 2014-01-14 11:43:04

sphithiphithi ngobeEssentially, If Parker was not there we would have lost just 1-0 instead of 2-1.  wonder if that would have helped.

sphithiphithi ngobe
posted: 2014-01-14 11:57:23

Kolonel o moporofeta nah, parker scored a winning goal in the dying minutes of the game, if we don't score, they don't score" as defenders we used to say that,,,,,that's if u played football

Yoo Eth
posted: 2014-01-14 15:12:24

Good Job both my African fellows. 

Good Job Libyans, after all these problem, you come to peace war and win. My appreciation to you and Wish you all the success in building your country too. Africa will be with you to build you up. 

My Ethiopian fellow, I am always proud of you. Never quit, come next time. My support to my country is endless.

Love my mama Ethiopia and Africa

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