10-man Walya Antelopes hold defending champs Chipolopolo
Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu and Ethiopia’s Ahmend Said in action during the 1-all draw match
Carrying the flag of the Cecafa region, the Walya Antelopes ensured they started brightly their campaign for the 2013 African Cup of Nations after coming from behind to play to a one-all draw with defending champions Zambia.
Ethiopia had been reduced to ten men earlier in the first half after keeper Jemmal Tassew was sent off.
Zambian Keeper Kennedy Mwene had earlier on pulled off a save from the penalty spot from Saladain Said after the player himself was brought down in the area by Chisamba Lungu.
The Ethiopian keeper was shown a straight red after a harsh tackle on Lungu, injuring himself in the process of the challenge. The defending Champions who were not so convincing managed to use their one man advantage to open the scores in the 45th minute, Collins Mbesuma finishing off an assist from Isaac Chansa.
Ethiopia however were a determined lot in the second half and never let their one-man disadvantage slow down their pace. Lethal striker Adane Girma equalized with 65 minutes gone on the clock to send the stadium into frenzy.
Ethiopia now pick bags of confidence from the match and will be looking on to the next match with more optimism.
Ethiopia have made a comeback into the African Cup of Nations after a 31-year absence.