The head coach of the Ethiopian football team has admitted that, lack of experience caused their heavy defeat to five time champions Cameroon.
The East African nation were defeated 4-1 at the Olembe Sports Complex, by the indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their second group game of the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa cup of nations.
Dawa Hotessa opened scores for the 1962 champions, but a brace from Karl Toko and Vincent Aboubakar short-lifted their aspirations of qualifying for the next phase of the competition.
Head coach, Abate says lack of experience in his team greatly played to their defeat to the five time champions.
“We’re tried to play well especially in the first half, but it is all about the experience. You need to have some players with good experience, to manage some situations on the pitch. Almost all our players are home based, they don’t have any exposure in big tournaments”, coach Abate said after the game.
However, the coach was still optimistic about the feature.
“if we continue like this and feature competitions of this magnitude, and try to develop some players to reach top level , we can improve for the future”, he added
“if you take all goals from the match, maybe the difference is not that much. We tried to show what we have. Today we tried to play open football, but the level also matters.
It should be noted that this is Ethiopia’s seventh AFCON defeat in 10 matches (3draws and 7 defeats)
Next stop for coach Abate and his boys will be against the stallions of Burkina Faso at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Monday January 17, 2022.