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Ethiopia’s national football team, known as the Walias after the Walia ibex, competes in men’s international football and is governed by the Ethiopian Football Federation, the country’s governing body. Since its inception in 1943, the team has represented Ethiopia in regional, continental, and international tournaments. The Walias play their home games at Addis Ababa Stadium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. According to FIFA World Rankings, they are presently placed 150th in the world and 44th in CAF.
Ethiopia was one of only three teams to compete in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations in 1957, together with Egypt and Sudan. In 1962, it won the tournament while simultaneously serving as the host. Since the end of the 1960s, however, success has been elusive. After a 31-year hiatus, the team qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations under coach Sewnet Bishaw. Ethiopia qualified for the 1962 World Cup for the first time in 1959, and after a bye, met Israel in the second round. The squad lost both games and was eliminated from the competition with an overall score of 2–4. In 1962, the team won the African championship on home grounds. The competition drew nine participants, including the incumbent champions, the United Arab Republic, necessitating a qualification round for the first time. The finals included only four teams, like in prior competitions. As holders and hosts, the United Arab Republic and Ethiopia qualified automatically, requiring only one game to reach the final. After extra time in the final against the United Arab Republic, Ethiopia won the event for the first time. Mengistu Worku and Badawi Abdel Fattah tied for first place with three goals each, but Worku received the award because his club had won the championship. The Ethiopian National Team had never accomplished anything like this before, and it was the only African Cup of Nations championship it had ever won. The team’s captain was Luciano Vassalo, and the coach was Ydnekatchew Tessema.

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