Ethiopia Thump Bantwana in U17 World Cup Qualifier First Leg

Ethiopia skipper Hirut Tesfaye (left) and South African U17 Women’s National Team captain Adrielle Mibe pictured alongside the match officials for the first leg of their 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier ties, in Addis Ababa on Sunday, 3 February, 2024. Photo: SAFA on Facebook

The South African U17 Women’s National Team were beaten 3-0 by Ethiopia in the first leg of the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier in Addis Ababa, on Sunday, 4 February, 2024.

The home side dominated proceedings from the start of the match, building from the scoring pressure as they netted the first goal in the 10th minute. Mahler Mitiku was on the end of the ball which she got past goalkeeper Casey Kim Gordan to take the lead. 

While Ethiopia looked settled on the pitch, it wasn’t the case for the visitors who struggled with their rhythm. 

Just eight minutes later it was the home team who doubled their lead, continuing to press and forcing a defensive error from South Africa, which saw Hiddat Kassu hit the back of the net to make the score 2-0 in the 18th minute. 

They then had a chance to make it three but keeper Gordan saved the shot and kept South Africa in the game. A free kick was awarded after Nobahle Mdelwa was fouled, but nothing came of it. 

South Africa had another chance at scoring, but Bonolo Mokoma’s long-range attempt flew over the crossbar. More sustained pressure came from South Africa, but they weren’t able to penetrate Ethiopia’s defence, and the first half ended in favour of Rawda Ali’s team. 

The start of the second period was much better for South Africa, skipper Adrelle Mibe was on the end of the ball of a well-worked opportunity from the South African team, but the shot found the hands of the keeper Abebayehi Tassew. 

Whatever coach Nthabeleng Modiko said to her team during the break certainly worked, because South Africa were putting the pressure on, but found it hard to find the weak link in Ethiopia’s defence. 

Katleho Malebana had an opportunity but no goal came from her effort. However, as the clock ticked down, South Africa found themselves in trouble as Ethiopia then made it 3-0 after Kassu made the most of a defensive error by her opponents in the 71st minute. 

There could have been a last gasp goal for the visitors after they were awarded a free kick, but Mibe’s effort found the gloves of Tassew. It was much of the same for the remaining minutes of the match, and South Africa head home for the second leg on Saturday with a mountain to climb.

National Teams for the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup First Leg Qualifier

Ethiopia U17 Women

1. Abebayehu Tassew
6. Asore Hayso
5. Helen Mengistu
21. Hidat Kassu
20. Hirut Tesfaye (C)
3. Lemlem Astatke
7. Mahlet Mitiku
2. Manayesh Tesfaye
16. Melat Getachew
13. Saba Hailemikael
8. Tsehaynesh Jula
Head Coach: Rawda Ali

The South African U17 Women

1. Casey Gordan (Gk)
2. Luthando Radebe
3. Bonolo Mokoma
4. Sethabile Kamwanda
5. Aphelele Mhlongo
7. Adrielle Mibe (C) 
8. Gugu Mabitsela
10. Katleho Malembana
14. Nobahle Mdelwa
18. Linelwa Mabuza
23. Masabata Mothapo
Head Coach: Nthabeleng Modiko

Substitutes

Tshepi Makole (Forward) Copperbelt Ladies (Limpopo)
Katleho Mohale (Defender) JVW Academy (Gauteng)
Nomaswazi Vilakazi (Midfielder) University of Pretoria (Gauteng)
Mpho Nkadimeng (Midfielder) SAFA Academy (Gauteng)
Nomfundo Motaung (Defender) Springs Home Sweepers (Gauteng)
Julia Gonvalves (Midfielder) JVW Academy (Gauteng)
Zoe October (Midfielder) Cape Town Spurs (Western Cape)
Bonolo Phoskoko (Defender) SAFA Academy (Gauteng)
Khutso Mogano (Forward) SAFA Academy (Gauteng)
Khwezi Khoza (Forward) Sunflower WFC (KZN)
Samkelo Gwamanda (Defender) Dlala Ntombazane (KZN)


Main Photo Caption: Ethiopia skipper Hirut Tesfaye (left) and South African U17 Women’s National Team captain Adrielle Mibe pictured alongside the match officials for the first leg of their 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier ties, in Addis Ababa on Sunday, 3 February, 2024. Photo: SAFA on Facebook

Photo 2 Caption: Mamelodi Sundowns Academy striker Gugu Mabitsela’s first-half attempt is wide. Photo: SAFA on Facebook

Photo 3 Caption: Defender Sethabile Kamwanda plays the ball away from Ethiopia’s Mahlet Mitiku. Photo: SAFA on Facebook

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