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10 Apr 2018

Lucy succeed in taking first leg advantage

The Ethiopian women’s national football team thrashed the Libyan side 8-0 in the first away leg in the African Women’s Cup qualifiers.
This is seen as a great leap forward to reach the African Cup finals.
The national side Coach Selam Zeray said that this is a good beginning. “We are determined to reach the finals this time but we didn’t expect such a wide margin win over the Libyan side. We had the experience of taking part in the African Cup. We are hopeful to qualify for the 2011 Ghana African Cup,” she said.
Ethiopia participated in the 1993 African women’s Cup for the first time and Libya had no history of participation in the continent’s big women’s football event.

The 21st Russia World Cup draws to a start

The world’s greatest sports bonanza, the 21st Russia World Cup, is only 65 days away from the official kick off day.
It is amazing to hear that 1.07 million tickets have been sold in the span of one month. Despite the political pressure from the western countries headed by Britain, the people of the United States of America, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil are among the top six ranking countries in the parade of ticket buying. The Russian people are, of course, on top of the list.
Ethiopia is represented in this big global event by international referee Bamlak Tesseama. He is one of the 36 referees assigned in this World Cup. Africa has six referees including Bamlak in this World Cup.
Russia is expected to receive over 3 million tourists from around the world during the world Cup. The issue of security which matters most during the World Cup has been given special consideration.
FIFA has also confirmed that there is no visible sign of security breakdown.

AACF concludes first round Coca Cola Cup cycling race

The Addis Ababa Cycling Federation, AACF, concluded the first round of the Addis Coca Cola cycling race on Friday at the Addis Ababa stadium. The final race was organized in connection to the Ethiopian Good Friday.
As usual the AACF has awarded sheep, commonly called Mukit, and money prize to the winners.
As it was last week the newly formed Berhanena Selam Enterprise cycling side continued their domination with a spectacular sweeping victory on Friday.
A week earlier in the Coca Cola Addis Ababa cycling race that took place at Tsion Hotel-Wingate venue in the men’s 42.9km course race Biniam Solomon of Berhanena Selam and his compatriots Haile Awol and Samson Mintesnot had a sweeping victory.
This kind of sweeping victory in their debut was little expected at the start but Berhanena Selam did it for the fourth time in a row.
The Addis Ababa Coca Cola cycling race is sponsored by Coca Cola East Africa Bottling Company.

By Solomon Bekele

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