Caf reveals seeds for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

October 15th, 2012

The Confederation of African Football has revealed the seeding for the draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ivory Coast are among the top seeds, despite the abandonment of their second-leg tie with Senegal and no news of an official result from Caf.

The Ivorians were 6-2 up on aggregate when Saturday’s game in Dakar was called off because of crowd violence.

Tournament hosts South Africa are also among the top seeds, along with reigning champions Zambia and Ghana.

Cape Verde, who qualified for the first time in their history by pulling off a shock 3-2 aggregate victory over four-time champions Cameroon, are in the fourth pot.

Also among the lowest-ranked teams are 1962 champions Ethiopia, who have qualified for the first time since 1982.

The tournament takes place in South Africa between 19 January and 10 February 2013.

Teams in the same pot cannot be drawn against each other. The draw will be held on 24 October in Durban.

Seedings:

  • Pot one: South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast
  • Pot two: Mali, Tunisia, Angola, Nigeria
  • Pot three: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Niger
  • Pot four: Togo, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Ethiopia.

Cameroon out, Ethiopia break duck

October 15th, 2012

Cape Verde Islands secured a place at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time on Sunday and former champions Ethiopia are back in the big time after a 30-year absence.

The much-hyped return of striker and captain Samuel Eto’o helped four-time champions Cameroon to a 2-1 home win over Cape Verde, but a 3-2 aggregate loss means a second consecutive failure to reach the African football showcase.

Alula Girma and Saladin Seid scored within three minutes during the second half in Addis Ababa to earn Ethiopia a 2-0 Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopian sets Chicago Marathon record

October 9th, 2012

Tsegaye Kebede saw a few Ethiopian flags as he approached the finish line and figured he’d say hello.

So he started waving.

Kebede had plenty to celebrate in his course-record win Sunday in the Chicago Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Medrek Vows to thwart Meles’ Legacy

September 27th, 2012

ATLANTA — Medrek, arguably the most popular opposition party in Ethiopia which is striving to bring about democracy and the rule of law in the country, vows to get rid of the dark-side legacy of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

 Addressing a gathering in Atlanta on Sunday, September 23, 2012, Ato Temesgen Zewde, a former parlamentarian and one of the top leaders of Medrek, said Ethiopians vividly remember the legacy of Meles as leader of the most brutal and oppressive regime, characterized by massive human rights violations, arbitrary arrests of opposition members, suppression of free press, exorbitant cost of living and flagrant rigging of election results. He referred to the late prime minister as a ruler of the most oppressive system and one who strongly believed in ethnic division.
Recalling the pledge of allegiance by the newly elected Prime Minister Haile-Mariam Desalegen, who promised to continue the legacy of Meles Zenawi, the Medrek official noted that “similarly” Medrek would do everything in its power to stop the continuation of the unholy legacy of the late prime minister. Read the rest of this entry »

ICM Awarded Ethiopia Airlines Warehouse Project

September 24th, 2012

ICM Airport Techniques was awarded the turnkey project to construct a cargo warehouse for Ethiopian Airlines. The warehouse to be constructed is intended to be able to hold 1.2 million tons of cargo every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Teddy afro’s new song for his wedding- Yemushiraye Enat

September 24th, 2012

For Susan Rice, a Chance for Redemption

September 24th, 2012

By Selam Beyene

The eulogy delivered in Addis Ababa by Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on the occasion of the funeral and mysterious death of the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, will probably go down in the annals of US diplomacy as one of the most inauspicious moments in which an opportunity was missed to assert the values of this great country.

To the dismay of the people of Ethiopia, the Ambassador failed to seize the moment to send an unwavering message of America’s commitment to democracy and the rule of law to a captive audience that included TPLF cadres and some of the most notorious African dictators, and instead chose to join the likes of Omar al-Bashir of Sudan in profiling a larger-than-life portrait of the deceased despot, who had ruled that poor African nation with an iron fist for over two decades. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopian Airlines launches new Dreamliner flights to Washington

September 24th, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines recently received its first 787 Dreamliner airplane, the first in the world after Japan and the first in Africa, and next week travellers can be among the first in the world to travel on the new aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Hopes abound as Ethiopia takes new prime minister

September 24th, 2012

Ethiopia’s parliament swore in a new prime minister on Friday in the U.S. ally’s first peaceful change of power in modern history, sparking hope for change in a nation that’s largely a one-party with a poor human rights record.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn succeeds former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Aug. 20 after ruling Ethiopia for more than two decades. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopia denies fake footage claims

September 24th, 2012

Ethiopian officials deny the claim that they faked footage in order to get the two jailed Swedish reporters Martin Schibbye and Johan Perssonconvicted of terror charges, in interview with national Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR).  Read the rest of this entry »