Walias home match will be played in Tanzania
The Ethiopian national team, aka the Walias, will compete against Rwanda to qualify for the 2022 African Nations Championships (CHAN). On August 26, 2022, the Walias will host the Rwandan side at Benjamin Mkape Stadium in Tanzania in the first leg of the match.
The Walias coach, Wubetu Abate, has called on 23 provisional players and begun regular preparations in Adama ahead of qualifiers. The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has confirmed that the national squad will go to Tanzania on August 24, 2022.
The second leg is scheduled to take place on September 4, 2022. The winner of the two-leg match will earn a spot in the 2023 CHAN competition, which will be held in Algeria.
Players from international clubs are not permitted to compete, so only players from local clubs are eligible.
As a result, Abubakir Nassir, an Ethiopian attacker who recently joined Mamelodi Sundowns FC in South Africa, and Shemiles Bekele, an Egyptian forward who plays for EL Gouna FC, will not compete in the championships.
Due to COVID-19, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delayed the event to January 2023, as announced at an executive committee meeting on September 10, 2020.
The championships were originally slated to take place from July 10 to August 2022. However, due to other events taking place in 2021, the date had to be pushed out.