Despite being one of Africa's oldest national teams – they were continental champions in 1962 – Ethiopia have not typically come close to competing for a spot at the FIFA World Cup™. That changed in qualifying for Brazil 2014 when they shockingly topped a group ahead of South Africa, Botswana and Central African Republic.
Coach Yohannes Sahle can call on a number of foreign-based players as several have left Ethiopia in recent years, although the majority of the squad members play their club football for the biggest clubs Ethiopian Coffee, Dedebit and Saint George. A number of youngsters, like Natnael Zeleke, Ramkel Lok, Dawa Hotessa and Andargachew Yelak have been introduced to a team led by experienced campaigners such as Abebaw Butako and Adane Girma.
A former international player, Sahle was appointed at the end of April 2015 after previously serving as the technical director of the Ethiopian Football Federation. He also led a variety of youth teams for the nation and coached local club Dedebit.
10 – The number of minutes in which Ethiopia led Nigeria over two legs in the final round of qualifying for Brazil 2014.
The former stars
Ydnekatchew Tessema, Luciano Vassalo, Mengistu Worku