By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
October 14, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia beat rival Sudan two-nil on Sunday in the return leg of the African Cup of Nations qualification in Addis Ababa.
No goals were scored in the first half. The "Walya Antelopes" of Ethiopia took a lead after Adane Girma scored first goal in the 63 minute. Three minutes later the well known Ethiopian striker Salhadin Seid scored a second goal that confirmed the team’s qualification to the 2013 Africa cup of nations which South Africa hosts.
This will be the first time Ethiopia has qualified for the African Cup of Nations in 31 years.
The "Nile Crocodiles" of Sudan beat the "Walya Antelopes" of Ethiopia 5-3 at Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman last month leaving the latter requiring a win by at least two goals to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of nations.
Some 30,000 Ethiopian fans in Addis Ababa stadium were shouting in excitement cheering the national team after it won in a bitter battle that lasted a solid 100 minutes. Many others were chanting, singing and drumming.
Ahead of the match the Ethiopian players said they would play in remembrance of the late Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi, who died in August.