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Ethiopia and Eritrea set for first match in 20 years

PICTURED: Abraham Mebratu

THE ETHIOPIAN Football Federation (EFF) and its Eritrean counterpart have announced plans to stage a friendly game in August.

According to BBC Sport, an exact date for the match is yet to be decided but looks set to be played in the Eritrean capital Asmara.

Newly appointed Ethiopia coach Abraham Mebratu is looking into the best date for the game as he is will use it to help prepare for September's 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone.

The two nations have been avoiding games against each other since the start of a border war in 1998.

Ethiopia boycotted games against Eritrea in 2000 and refused to take part in the east and central African regional under-20 event organised by Cecafa.

However, in recent weeks peace has returned to the area with diplomatic ties being resumed.

Tensions between the countries had been ongoing but they are now hoping to re-establish trade and diplomatic links.

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