African Nations Championship 2022: Algeria Barely Scrapes by Ethiopia

African Nations Championship 2022: Algeria Barely Scrapes by Ethiopia

  • Hosts Algeria took on Ethiopia in the second match of the 2022 African Nations Championship
  • The Fennec Foxes assured their safe passaged into the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over the troublesome The Walia Ibex
  • Their goal came from a scrappy strike by Amien Mahious early in the second half

Hosts Algeria are through to the quarterfinals of the 2022 African Nations Championship.

The Fennec Foxes had to work hard for a 1-0 victory over the troublesome Ethiopia at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers. The home team's goal came from Amien Mahious in the 52nd minute of the match after the Walia Ibex failed to clear the danger inside their box.

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Ethiopia and Algeria played out an interesting 2022 African Nations Championship match. Image source: @EthiopiaFF.
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Mahous hit the ball straight at Ethiopian goalkeeper Fasil Gebremichael, who could only parry it into his own net with a weak left hand. Mahious also gave Algeria a 1-0 win over Libya in the opening match of the tournament on Friday, though this came from the penalty spot.

Algeria, with the win, sealed their passage into the quarterfinals, leaving Libya, Ethiopia and Mozambique in an intriguing scrap for the other last eight place in Group A.

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Algeria starting XI: Guendouz; Belkhiter, Belaid, Abdellaoui, Laoufi; Draoui, Mrezigue, Lhamri, Kendouci, Bentahar, Mahious.

Ethiopia starting XI: Gebremichael; Hamid, Debebe, Solomon, Yesuf; Mohammed, Panom, Fareje; Gebremijael, Gugsa, Markneh.

Outrage over Mandela CHAN remarks

Many in South Africa's political establishment have made their feelings knowns regarding the Morocco-Western Sahara dispute.

This time, it was the turn of Chief Mandla Mandela, a member of South Africa's parliament, to aim at the North African kingdom. Nelson Mandela's grandson took the opportunity to criticise Morocco during the opening ceremony of the 2023 African Nations Championship on Friday in Algeria.

Ghana coach reacts to Madagascar defeat

Black Galaxies coach, Annor Walker has expressed disappointment after his side's defeat to Madagascar in the opening Group C game at CHAN 2022.

The West African giants were shocked by the tournament's newcomers after suffering a 2-1 defeat in Constantine.

Coach Walker is already switching his attention to Ghana's second game against Sudan on Thursday, stating his players will be up for the task.

Source: Sports Brief News