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Ethiopia won't send soccer team to Burkina Faso after coup

30 September 2015, 20:30

Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Football Federation says it won't send its women's under-20 soccer team to Burkina Faso after the recent coup there.

Also read: Maroof Yusuf targets more silverware with Zamalek

The countries were due to play a qualifier for the 2016 women's under-20 World Cup last Saturday. The game was postponed by the Confederation of African Football to this weekend, but EFF spokesman Wondimkun Alayou said Wednesday the Ethiopians won't travel even if CAF says the match should go ahead.

He said "we value the safety of our citizens and players so we will be forced to cancel."

An elite army unit briefly took control of Burkina Faso in a coup earlier this month before handing back power.

There has been ongoing unrest in the West African nation with government forces attacking the barracks of the unit on Tuesday.

- AP


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