The Red Foxes of Ethiopia are through to the last round of the Caf U17 Afcon qualifiers after a 2-1 home win against Egypt’s Little Pharaohs on Sunday.
A brace from Abubeker Nesir in Dire Dawa City sealed the next round spot for the Coach Atenafu Alemu’s prodigies on 5-2 aggregate.
Nesir opened the scoring early in the 11th minute, a lead that lasted into the first interval.
He completed his brace in the 50th minute for a comfortable 2-0. The little Pharaohs never lost hope as they continued to press forward, and ten minutes to regulation time, Yesuf pulled the consolation to end the tie 2-1 in favor of the hosts.
Speaking to supersport.com Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha praised the young lads saying “we are proud of the young foxes for giving 100 percent and beating a team like Egypt home and away. It was not easy and as a federation we want to ensure they get enough exposure and preparations ahead of the next round matches.”
In another qualifier, Tanzania’s Serengeti Boys dispatched visiting South Africa 2-0 to also book a spot in the next phase.
Eight teams will make it to Madagascar next year for the championship.