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Spirited 10-man Ethiopia hold Zambia

Ethiopia, back at the Africa Cup of Nations after a three-decade absence, overcame a red card to hold champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw in an explosive Group C encounter on Monday.

Ethiopia, one of the founding fathers of African football who had fallen on hard times before enjoying a recent revival, had keeper Jemal Tassew sent off in the first half of a game that also featured a missed penalty and disgruntled vuvuzela-throwing fans.

China-based captain Christopher Katongo and Collins Mbesuma led the Zambian attack, with Salahdin Said the lone frontman for Ethiopia.

Zambia featured 10 of the XI that performed heroics in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea 12 months ago with Nyamba Mulenga the lone absentee, as they couldn’t deny Ethiopia.


10-MAN NIGERIA DENIED WIN

Super sub Alain Traore bagged the equaliser deep in injury time to earn Burkina Faso a 1-1 draw against 10-man Nigeria in the African Nations Cup on Monday. The Lorient midfielder came on late in the second half and worked his magic to earn the Stallions an unexpected point. Emmanuel Emenike had put Nigeria into the lead before the break, but the wasteful Super Eagles were reduced to 10 men when Celtic defender Efe Ambrose picked up a second yellow. The result left Group C evenly balanced.
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