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Ethiopia has named a 29-man squad for Uganda friendly on 3rd June in Addis Ababa and the 2019 African Cup Nations qualifier away to Ghana days later.

Asenafi Bekele, the newly appointed coach of the national team “Walia Ibex” has called up mostly home-based professionals for the two crucial assignments, as he begins his reign.

Egypt-based duo of Shemeles Bekele and Oumed Okuri are the only foreign-based players summoned in the provisional team.

Oumed, who turns out for El Entag Harby in the Egyptian topflight has enjoyed a rich vein of form, and boasts nine goals in all competition to this end.

Three players have been handed maiden call up to the 2013 AFCON qualifiers, they include Abdulrahman Mubarak (Fasil Kenema), Ame Mohammed (Jimma Aba Buna) and Awet GebreMikael (Ethio-Electric).

Veteran goalkeeper Abel Mamo, Coffee’s Gatuoch Panom and on form duo of Salhadin Said (Dedebit) and Getaneh Kebede (St. George) have all made the cut.

Ethiopia are pooled together alongside neighbors Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ghana the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Full squad

Goalkeepers

Abel Mamo (Mekelakeya), Jemal Tassew (Jimma Aba Bunna), Lealem Birhanu (Sidama Bunna), Teklemariam Shanko (Addis Ababa Ketema)

Defenders

Asechalew Tamene (Kidus Giorgis), Abdulkerim Mohammed, Ahmed Reshid (Ethiopia Bunna), Seyoum Tesfaye (Dedebit), Tesfaye Bekele, Mujib Kassim (Adama Ketema), Aneteneh Tesfaye (Sidama Bunna), Awot Gebremikael (Ethio-Electric), Addis Tesfaye (Mekelakeya)

Midfielders

Natnael Zeleke, Menetesnot Adane (Kidus Giorgis), Biruk Kalbore (Adama Ketema), Ephrem Ashamo, Shemekit Gugesa (Dedebit), Gatoch Panom (Ethiopia Bunna), Tadele Mengesha (ArbaMinch Ketema), Mulualem Mesfin (Sidama Bunna), Gadissa Mebrate (Hawassa Ketema), Shemeles Bekele (Petrojet/Egypt)

Strikers

Getaneh Kebede (Dedebit), Salahdin Said (Kidus Giorgis), Addis Gidey (Sidama Bunna), Ame Mohammed (Jimma Aba Bunna), Abdulrahman Mubarak (Fasil Ketema), Oumed Okuri (El-Entag El-Harby/Egypt)

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: bonfaceosano@gmail.com

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