Ethiopia women's national football team

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Ethiopia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Lucy
Association Ethiopian Football Federation
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Abrham Haimanot
Most caps Bizuhan
Top scorer Birtukan Gebrekirstos
FIFA code ETH
FIFA ranking 94 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking 77 (July 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 116 (March 2007)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Ethiopia 2−0  Uganda
(Addis Ababa; 22 September 2002)[1]
Biggest win

 Ethiopia 5−0  Malawi
(Addis Ababa; 25 July 2004)[1]

 Ethiopia 5−0  Kenya
(Addis Ababa; 29 September 2012)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 7−0  Ethiopia
(Lagos, Nigeria; 9 October 2003)[1]
African Women's Championship
Appearances 3 (First in 2002)
Best result Fourth Place, 2004

The Ethiopia women national football team is the national women football team of Ethiopia and has been overseen by the Ethiopian Football Federation. As of May 2014 they are ranked 94th in the world.[2] They are popularly known as Lucy and Dinknesh in reference to the Australopithecus fossil.[3]

History[edit]

The Ethiopian national team made its debut in September 2002 in the 2002 African Championship's qualifiers, beating Uganda to progress to the final tournament, where it ended last in its group, only grasping a tie with Mali. It subsequently played the 2003 All-Africa Games, losing all three games.

In 2004 they again qualified for the African Championship, where they made it to the semifinals after beating South Africa and drawing with Zimbabwe. After being knocked out by Nigeria, they lost the bronze to Ghana on penalties. As of 2013 it remains Ethiopia's best performance in the competition.

Ethiopia withdrew from the 2006 African Championship, and it didn't take part in the 2008 edition either. However it did take part in the 2007 All-Africa Games, losing its two games. In its return to the African Championship in 2010 it was defeated in the qualifiers by Tanzania. On the other hand in the 2012 Summer Olympics qualifiers Ethiopia made it to the final round after knocking out Congo DR and Ghana, ultimately losing an spot in the Olympics to South Africa.

In 2012 the team qualified for the African Championship 8 years later, settling the score with Tanzania. It didn't manage to score, only grasping a draw with Cameroon.

Performance in Africa Women's Championship[edit]

CAF Women's Championship
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
1991 Did Not Enter
1995 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1998 Did Not Enter
South Africa 2000 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 2002 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 8
South Africa 2004 Fourth Place 5 1 2 2 4 8
Nigeria 2006 Did Not Enter
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Did Not Enter
South Africa 2010 Did Not Qualify
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 0 8
Namibia 2014 Did Not Qualify
Total 3/11 11 1 4 6 6 24

Overall competition record[edit]

Competition Stage Opponent Result Position Scorers
2002 African Championship qualifiers First round  Swaziland Walkover
Second round  Uganda 2–0 2–2
Nigeria 2002 African Championship First stage  Nigeria
 Mali
 Ghana
0–3
2–2
0–3
4 / 4 0
Endegene-Leme 2
0
Nigeria 2003 All-Africa Games First stage  Cameroon
 Zimbabwe
 Nigeria
0–3
0–4
0–7
4 / 4
2004 African Championship qualifiers Second round  Malawi 4–0 5–0 Ware 4, Feleke 3, Bekele, Semira
South Africa 2004 African Championship First stage  Zimbabwe
 Ghana
 South Africa
1–1
1–2
2–1
2 / 4  ?
Yassin
Melaku, Ware
Semifinals  Nigeria 0–4
Third place  Ghana 0–0 (PSO: 5–6)
2006 African Championship qualifiers First round  Zimbabwe Withdrew
Algeria 2007 All-Africa Games First stage  Nigeria
 South Africa
0–3
1–3
3 / 3 0
Feleke
2010 African Championship qualifiers First round  Tanzania 1–3 1–1 Ware, Yassin
2012 Summer Olympics qualifiers Second round  DR Congo 0–0 3–0
Third round  Ghana 1–0 1–2
Final round  South Africa 0–3 1–1
2012 African Championship qualifiers First round  Egypt 2–4 4–0 Biza 3, Abaa, Bekele, Ware
Second round  Tanzania 2–1 1–0 Aboye, Bekele, ?
Equatorial Guinea 2012 African Championship First stage  Ivory Coast
 Nigeria
 Cameroon
0–5
0–3
0–0
4 / 4
2014 African Championship qualifiers First round  South Sudan Walkover
Second round  Ghana TBD

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2012 African Women's Championship, according to CAF's website.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Liya Ossa (1984-10-09) October 9, 1984 (age 29) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
18 1GK Dagmawet Bekele (1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 26) Ethiopia CBE SA
21 1GK Israel Gebru (1988-12-28) December 28, 1988 (age 25) Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee FC
3 2DF Woinshet Desta (1986-01-20) January 20, 1986 (age 28) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
4 2DF Tiruanchi Sisay (1987-01-07) January 7, 1987 (age 27) Ethiopia CBE SA
5 2DF Kelem Mamuye (1994-10-10) October 10, 1994 (age 19)
14 2DF Hiwot Buwli (1992-02-24) February 24, 1992 (age 22) Ethiopia CBE SA
17 2DF Bezuhan Alemar (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 28) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
20 2DF Adanech Adere (1990-11-20) November 20, 1990 (age 23) Ethiopia Ethiopian Coffee FC
2 3MF Eden Negeri (1990-04-06) April 6, 1990 (age 24) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
6 3MF Tutu Melaku (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 28) Ethiopia CBE SA
7 3MF Zulka Badega (1988-07-21) July 21, 1988 (age 26) Ethiopia CBE SA
8 3MF Aynalem Gebra (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 20) Ethiopia CBE SA
12 3MF Berktawit Aboye (1988-08-17) August 17, 1988 (age 25) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
15 3MF Kidest Endale (1989-07-18) July 18, 1989 (age 25) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
19 3MF Akberet Hadera (1994-05-18) May 18, 1994 (age 20) Ethiopia CBE SA
9 4FW Erehima Biza (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 26) Ethiopia CBE SA
10 4FW Shetaye Abaa (1988-06-30) June 30, 1988 (age 26) Ethiopia CBE SA
11 4FW Birtukan Ware (1988-11-30) November 30, 1988 (age 25) Ethiopia Dedebit FC
16 4FW Helen Bekele (1987-07-26) July 26, 1987 (age 26)

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