Somalia, Ethiopia draw 0-0 in World Cup qualifier
Somalia drew 0-0 with 10-man Ethiopia in their World Cup
qualifier in neutral Djibouti on Saturday as the last two of
Africa’s 22 lowest-ranked teams began their quest to qualify for
football’s 2014 showpiece in Brazil.
Ranked way down at No. 192 of 208 international teams, Somalia
couldn’t make a man advantage tell at the end after a red card for
Ethiopia on 60 minutes.
Although Ethiopia is now favorite in the first-round contest
with its home leg to come, the lowly Somali team needs just a
scoring draw in Addis Ababa next week to progress to the main
African qualifying competition and take its place alongside the
continent’s big-name teams.
The East African countries met in Djibouti because of the
security situation in the troubled Somali capital Mogadishu.