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  • Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda in Third Place play-off battle of the 2016 Cecafa Women Championship

    Ethiopia overcame hosts Uganda in Third Place play-off battle of the 2016 Cecafa Women Championship

    Ethiopia hammered Uganda 4-1 to finish third in Cecafa Women tournament on Tuesday.

    Ethiopia lost to Kenya while Uganda lost to Tanzania in the semis and both teams were out to fight for the third position but Uganda failed to maintain their starting momentum seeing Lucy emerge the winners of the match.

    Hassifa Nassuna put Uganda in the lead in the 5th minute adding her goal tally of the event to six, one past Kenya’s Esse Akida but Ethiopia settled down in the match to score four clean goals thereafter.

    Erhima Zeregaw was the heroine of the match scoring a hat-trick for the Lucy by 71st minute. She scored her first goal of the match in the 16th minute then in the 44th minute and finally in the 71st minute. Losa Abera then stepped up to drill in the last goal in the 80th minute to make 4-1, a scoreline which was maintained to the final whistle.

    With the results, Uganda have now finished fourth behind Ethiopia as Kenya and Tanzania battles for the title on the same pitch.

    Ethiopia: Martha Bekele, Birtukan Gebre Kirstos (C), Tiruanchi Mengesha, Tsion Estifanos, Atekelte Ashenafi, Estegenet Bizuneh, Emebet Addisu, Biruktawit Girma, Shetaye Sisaya, Losa Abera, Erhima Zeregaw.

    Subs: Tarikuwa Bergena, Medina Awol, Hiwot Dengiso, Mehiret Melese, Fikirte Birhanu, Serkadisa Guta and Hasabe Muso.

    Uganda: Matovu Fatumah, Christine Wanyana (C), Nabossa Ritah, Nakito Gladys, Nakayenze Yudaya, Sseninde Jean, Nasuna Stella, Nambirige Christine, Hasifa Nassuna, Akiror Tracy, Ikwaput Fazila.

    Subs: Aturo Ruth, Zaina Namuleme, Namuleme Zaina, Shakira Nalwooga, Naume Nagadya, Nantumbwe Sandra and Namuddu Viola.

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  • #Ethiopian runner makes #protest sign as he crosses line in #Rio

    An Olympic marathon runner from Ethiopia staged a daring protest against his home government when he crossed the line in Rio on Sunday.

    As he took the silver medal, Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above - a gesture made by the Oromo people who have suffered brutal police crackdowns.

    Lilesa is from Oromia, home to most of Ethiopia's 35 million Oromo people.

    He repeated the protest gesture later at a press conference, saying his life would be in danger if he returned home.

    Human rights groups say that Ethiopian security forces have killed hundreds of people in recent weeks as they crack down on anti-government protests.

    Explaining his actions, Lilesa said: "The Ethiopian government are killing the Oromo people and taking their land and resources so the Oromo people are protesting and I support the protest as I am Oromo.

    "The Ethiopian government is killing my people so I stand with all protests anywhere as Oromo is my tribe. My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed. I raised my hands to support with the Oromo protest."

    The marathon runner said that he might be killed if he returned.

    "If not kill me, they will put me in prison," he said. "I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country."

    Asked if he was worried about being sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he said: "I cannot do anything about that. This was my feeling. I have a big problem in my country, it is very dangerous to make protest in my country."

    Rule 50 of the Olympic charter bans political displays or protests and the IOC say they are gathering information about the case.

    The American duo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos were famously stripped of their medals after the pair flashed the black power salute on the medal stand at the 1968 Summer Games.

    There has been a wave of protests in Ethiopia in recent months over a series of frustrations, including attempts by the governments to reallocate land in the Oromo and Amhara regions.

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