Ethiopian U-17 (Red Foxes) in action at Cecafa championship


Ethiopian U-17 national team nick named “Red Foxes” are taking part in the ongoing Cecafa championship tournament that takes place in host nation Burundi between 14th and 25th April 2018. There are eight teams in two groups. The Red Foxes are pitted in group “A” along with Burundi, Somalia and Kenya with the opening match against Somalia. Group “B” brings together the 2009 champion Uganda (The Cubs), Tanzania, Zanzibar and Sudan.
The Hawassa Town dominated Red Foxes appeared to be pitted in the humbler group where Kenya and hosts Brundi are favorites to get through the knock out stage. However, Ethiopia is considered an underdog that could make a run. The group heavy weight Uganda is expected to rise to the top of the group table along with Sudan; currently strongly working in youth development.
The former Hawassa U-17 team head coach Temesgen Dana is the boss with his lieutenants MulugetaAyechew and former renowned national team goal keeper BeleteWodajo taking care of the goalies. The group opening match is against Somalia, Ethiopia takes Kenya in the second match on Tuesday followed by the group final match against hosts Burundi on Friday.
Here is the roster: Goal Keepers: Mentesenot Gimbo (Hawassa), Tesfahun Adise (Adama), Setotaw Abebe (Saint George).
Defenders: Tsegab Yohannes and Dagem Wondimu from Hawassa, Azaryas Abel and Samuel Jagiso from Wolayta, Muez Muhedin (Adama) andAshenafi Getaches from Academy.
Mid field: Alamin Kedir (Adama), YebehalFereje (AA), Adem Abas (Academy) and Mesfin Tafesse from Hawassa.
Attack: FerolDemisse, NebiyuDawit and Muse Kebede from Ethiopia Bunna ,ObangOpang and TsegaDerebe from Academy, Redwan Nasser (AA) and Hagos Haile from Mekerlakya.