Ethiopia and Eritrea to play the first friendly football game against each other since 1998

Eritrean and Ethiopian football shirts. ©Photo: RR

Casablanca, (ADV) – After the series of events illustrating the peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) and its Eritrean counterpart will organize the first friendly football game between the two nations since 1998.

Following an increasing sense of unity witnessed among supporters during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, football has again shown its ability to bring people together. Indeed, the Ethiopian and the Eritrean teams will gather next month in Asmara in the context of a historic friendly game between the two nations. The last friendly game Eritrea and Ethiopia played against other traces back to 1998, before the border war began.

Ethiopia had boycotted football games against Eritrea in 2000 and 2010, in the context of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECEFA) under-20 tournament, hosted in Asmara. On another hand, Eritrea had forfeited the 2014 African Nations Championship first round qualifier against Ethiopia.

The nations’ football teams will now be reunited for a historic game expected to take place in August. Abraham Mebratu, newly appointed coach of the Ethiopian team, will take care of choosing the game’s date.

Bur-csa – Oumaima Derfoufi – ADV with agencies