Ethiopian players’ Ratings After Algeria Defeat

Algeria's midfielder Riyad Mahrez and Ethipian's Dawit Fikadu fight for the ball during the 2017 African Cup of Nations football match between Algeria and Ethiopia at the Mustapha Tchaker stadium in Blida on March 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Farouk BaticheFAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images

By Zecharias Zelalem –

In what was one of the worst days in the history of Ethiopian football, the Walyas were on the receiving end of an absolute pummeling by the marauding Algerians. This 7-1 result has sucked the wind out ofEthiopia’s 2017 AFCON qualifying aspirations andCoach Yohannes Sahle will only be able to look back on a campaign that started somewhat promisingly, and went horribly wrong in a setting so often the scene of Ethiopian football collapse, Blida Stadium.

We at Ethiosports analysed individual performances of the losing team and have compiled a list of player ratings for the Ethiopian players involved.

  1. Tariku Getnet 2/10

The Dedebit keeper was left woefully exposed by his defense and made a number of saves in the first half that kept the score at a respectable 2-0, but in the second half, his ill judgment and blunders cost the team dearly. Abel Mamo’s odds of winning the number 1 jersey have surged.

  1. Alula Girma 1.5/10

Alula Girma’s worst international showing was long touted to be his performances in the 2-1 defeat to Algeria in 2014 that left him out of the national team for a while. But in Blida, he may have outdone himself. An extremely careless challenge resulted in a penalty, and he was constantly left exposed at the back.

  1. Yared Baye 1/10

Torn to shreds on too many occasions, he was left a sitting duck for the likes of Brahimi and Feghouli. A liability in a makeshift defense, Ethiopia was unable to cope with the absences of Saladin Bargecho and Walid Atta.

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