|Antelopes striker Adane celebrates equaliser (Photo Credit: BBC)|
After a 31-year absence from the continent’s biggest football competition, the “Walya Antelopes” of Ethiopia held the 2012 African champions, the “Chipolopolo” or the Copper Bullets of Zambia to a shocking 1-1 draw on Monday.
Zambia took the lead just minutes before half-time through Collins Mbesuma who was put through by Isaac Chansa.
Ethiopia’s goalkeeper Lama was sent off for a foul on Mbesuma after teammate Saladain Said missed a penalty that could have given them the lead.
Zambia managed to play their game but the Ethiopians put too much fight regardless of being a goal and a man down.
A beautiful interchange of passes at the edge of and into the penalty box gave Antelopes striker Adane Girma a chance to level the score with a powerful shot that hit the near post and roll into the net.
Perhaps, pundits are free to classify the result as the shock of the tournament so far.
|Burkina Faso's Alain Traoré celebrates his last-minute equaliser against Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters|
The Stallions left it late to punish their West Africans rivals, the Supper Eagles.
Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring but Burkina Faso's Alain Traore's last-minute gasp means the game ended in a draw.