Ethiopia Toasted Mauritannia in CAN/WC 2010 Qualifier

Ethiopia ended Mauritania's faint hopes of advancing to the second phase of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers after thumping the West Africans 6-1 on Sunday.

The home side had their way in the Group Eight game in Addis Ababa and also keep alive their hopes of catching up on leaders Morocco and Rwanda.

Strikers Teferra Fikru, Andualem Nigussie and Mohamed Mesud grabbed a brace each as the East Africans eased to the convincing win.

The visitors got their consolation through Taghiyoullah Denna in first-half injury time but the defeat means Mauritania are eliminated from any chance of advancement.

They are yet to gain a point with only two matches remaining.

The win leaves Ethiopia with six points, just three behind joint-leaders Morocco and Rwanda, who are level on nine points.

Morocco went back to the top of Group Eight with a 2-0 win over Rwanda on Saturday.

The win in Casablanca ended the 100 percent record of Rwanda and took the Atlas Lions to nine points, same as Amavubi.

Captain Youssef Safri converted a penalty in the 11th minute to give the home side the lead at the Sportif Mohamed V Stadium.

Nabil El Zhar sealed the victory four minutes after break with a strike from the edge of the box.

Rwanda played the last 23 minutes with 10 men after defender Patrick Mafisango was sent off.

Morocco will travel to Ethiopia for the next round of matches in September while Mauritania host Rwanda

Source BBC


Ethiopia Wins Mauritania in the CAN/WC Qualifier

On matchday three of Africa's second qualifying round for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, Ethiopia defeated Mauritania 1-0 yesterday in the battle of the bottom sides in Group 8.

Salahidin's only goal helped the Walyas to snatch their first 3 pointer since the game started. The match took place in the capital of Mauritania Nouakchott.
The win gives the Walyas their first three points of the campaign, although they still have it all to do to catch joint leaders Morocco and Rwanda, who put their 100% record on the line when they go head-to-head on 14 June in Kigali.

The 40,000 crowd at the Olympic stadium in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott witnessed a fiercely fought game between two sides desperate to get their first points on the board. In the end, however, a late lapse in concentration by the locals allowed Ethiopia to steal all three points with a Said Salahddine strike two minutes into added time.

Despite moving into third place in the group, the Walyas still have a negative goal difference of -3. However, it is marginally better than that of the hapless Mauritanians (-7), who remain rooted to the foot of the table with three defeats from three games



Bekele's world record attempt falls short

June 8, 2008
Kenenisa Bekele's attack on his world 10,000-metre record fell short at the Prefontaine Track Classic in Eugene, Ore., Sunday.

The defending Olympic champion finished in a time of 26 minutes, 25.97 seconds — eight seconds off the record of 26:17.53, which he set in Brussels in 2005.

It is still a time that only he and two-time Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie have ever beaten and is likely to reinforce his dominance as the Beijing Games approach.

His Ethiopian teammates Ibrahim Jeilan and Maregu Zewdie filled the next two places with Mark Kosgei Kiptoo of Kenya finishing fourth.

The race was held at 9:30 a.m. local time in order to have the best running conditions possible. It was 13 degrees and calm at the start. Meet director Tom Jordan had compiled environmental conditions over the past 20 years which showed a 9:30 start was optimal.

A procession of pacemakers lined up to assist Bekele, but he was alone over the last three kilometres.

In Oslo's Golden League meet on Friday night, Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba smashed the world 5,000-metre record set by another Ethiopian, Meseret Defar.

She won the race in 14:38.73, well ahead of Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya whom she defeated to win the 2007 IAAF world championship title.

Kara Goucher, the American distance runner who shocked many by winning the bronze medal in the 10,000-metre race at Osaka, Japan, finished third in 14:58.10.

The Prefontaine Classic is held in memory of the late Steve Prefontaine, who ran at the University of Oregon and finished fourth in the 5,000-metre race at the 1972 Munich Games. He was killed in a car crash in 1975.

Ethiopian Team Loses to Rwanda

Rwanda staged a thrilling comeback to beat Ethiopia 2-1 in Addis Ababa in a 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Ethiopia went ahead in the first half when Tafese Testfaye put his side ahead at the end of the first half.

But Rwanda's Abedi Said scored an equaliser half way through the second half.

Olivier Karekezi snatched victory for the Wasps just one minute before the final whistle.

Morocco moved to the top Group 8 of the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after beating Mauritania 4-1 on Saturday.

Portugal-based Tarik Sektioui put the Atlas Lions in the lead on eight minutes with a strike from the edge of the box.

The north Africans continued to dominate the game in Nouakchott and doubled their advantage through striker Abdessalam Benjelloun, who found the target in the 36th minute for his second of the campaign.

Youssef Safri made it 3-0 on the hour mark before Houssine Kharja's strike beat Mauritania goalkeeper Souleymane Diallo.

The home side scored a consolation in the 82nd minute after Dominique Da Silva converted a spot kick.

Morocco continue their 2010 qualifiers in Rwanda while Mauritania play host to Ethiopia, both games are next weekend.

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Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia breaks world record in women's 5,000 metres

OSLO, Norway — Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia broke the world record in the women's 5,000 metres with a time of 14 minutes 11.15 seconds at the Bislett Games on Friday.

Dibaba, an Olympic and world champion who had never broken an outdoor world mark, improved the old record by more than five seconds.

Another Ethiopian, Meseret Defar, set the old record of 14:16.63 last year at Bislett Stadium. Defar did not enter Friday's race.

It is the 54th world record set at Bislett Stadium - second only to the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm, Sweden - since 1924, and the first since one of athletics' most famous venues was rebuilt four years ago.