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Ethiopia And Eritrea To Play Their First Football Match Against Each Other In 20 Years



After declaring the end of a war that began as a border dispute in 1998, Ethiopia and Eritrea are now BFFs. To show the world how strong this new-found bond is, the football associations of both countries are now planning a historic friendly match that’ll take place in August.

Once the conflict erupted, they started boycotting games against each other. In 2000, Ethiopia refused to play a match against Eritrea. Eritrea also forfeited the 2014 Africa Nations Championship qualifier against Ethiopia, and didn’t show up in the 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

Now that the dispute is over – and, well, about 100,000 people have died and over a million displaced – the planned match will be the first between their national teams in two decades. Although a date is yet to be fixed, BBC reports that the match is likely to happen in the Eritrean capital, Asmara.

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