Sunday, September 06, 2015

Seychelles holds Ethiopia to 1-1 draw claiming first CAN 2017 point

(Seychelles News Agency) - Currently placed 192nd worldwide and 50th in Africa on the world’s football governing body, FIFA’s ranking table and having lost its first qualifying match 4-0 against Algeria in June, Seychelles was surely not the favourite going into its second 2017 African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017) qualifiers against Ethiopia, on Saturday.

Nevertheless, the Indian Ocean island team managed to hold Ethiopia, ranked 103rd worldwide and 29th in Africa to a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes of play, picking up its first point at the end of two games played in the competition.

This was in spite of suffering a significant setback early in the second half to finish the game with ten men, after midfield player Trevor Vidot was given his marching orders after being shown a second yellow card in the match.

The home team took the lead through a penalty kick, halfway through the first half when Seychelles played some of its best football in recent times, placing the visitors under intense pressure in the first 45 minutes. The shot was taken by Nelson Laurence, who plays for St Michel, a team based at Anse Aux Pins on the eastern coast of mainland Mahé, after he was brought down in the penalty area. Read more from Seychelles News Agency »

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