Ethiopia head coach Selam Zeray has named the 18-player squad to face Algeria in the crucial Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers on Wednesday 6 June.
The named squad, trimmed from the provisional squad of 23 that has been in camp for the last month, left for Algeria on Saturday for the first leg at the Stade Juillet 5 in Algiers.
Headlining the travelling team is Ethiopia Women’s Premier League topscorer Loza Abera back from a minor injury suffered two weeks back.
Also included is Ethiopia Youth Sport Academy midfielder Aregash Kelesa—the only player from the second-tier to make the team.
Notable exclusions include Tsion Estifanos, Bethlehem Seman, Abaynesh Ereqelo, Bezawit Tesfaye and Bezawit Tesfaye as well as centre-back Meskerem Kanko who is nursing an injury.
Ethiopia will be looking to avenge for their 2-1 aggregate defeat to Algeria in the last qualifiers.
Algeria who stormed past Ethiopia only to fall to Kenya in the last round of the 2016 qualifiers will be eyeing a return to the continental showpiece.
The North Africans marked their AWCON debut in 2004 and featured in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions.
Ethiopia on the other hand have missed the last two editions (2014 and 2016), having qualified for the 2002, 2004 and 2012 editions.
Ethiopia squad to face Algeria
Nigst Meaza (Ethiopia Nigid Bank), Tarikuwa Beregena (Dire-Dawa City)
Bethlehem Kefyalew (Ethio-Electric), Bizuayehu Tadesse, (St.George), Tarikuwa Debiso (Ethiopia Nigid Bank), Geneme Worku (Gedio Dilla), Meselu Abera (St.George)
Zuleka Juhad (Ethiopia Nigid Bank), Senait Bogale (Dedebit), Hiwot Dengiso (Ethiopia Nigid Bank), Aregashe Kelesa (Ethiopian Youth Sport Academy), Alemneshe Geremew (Ethio-Electric), Emebet Addisu (Defence Force)
Loza Abera (Dedebit), Rehima Zerega (Ethiopia Nigid Bank), Mirekat Feleke (Hawassa City), Senaf Waquma (Adama City), Tigest Zewede (Dedebit)
Complete AWCON 2018 qualifiers fixtures: Road to Ghana 2018.