A joint send-off and fund raising ceremony was held on Sunday (January 13th) for the Ethiopian national football team at Millennium Hall.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minster Hailemariam wished the tram every success, and urged the players to exert their utmost to towards building up the country's image. He assured the players of the government's readiness to support the team in any way possible.
During the ceremony, the Prime Minster handed over the national flag of Ethiopia to Degu Debebe, the captain of the National team. Ethiopia participated in the first Africa Cup of Nations, in 1957, and won the trophy in 1962. The team, nicknamed the 'Walya Antelopes', for an antelope endemic to Ethiopia, qualified this year for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time for 31 years.