Ethiopia national team – photo from the official page of the Ethiopian Football Association
And the Ethiopian national team was a guest of Cote d’Ivoire for their matches in the sixth round of the African Nations’ qualifiers for Group 11.
Willie Pole opened the goals for the Ivorians in the third minute, and Frank Casey added the second goal in the 19th minute, with a penalty kick.
In the 74th minute, the Ethiopian team reduced the score through Getane Gepito.
Giam Kouassi added the third goal for Cote d’Ivoire in the 76th minute.
All before the strange events begin.
In the 80th minute, Ghanaian referee Charlize Polo fell unconscious and the match stopped for him to receive treatment and he went to the hospital.
The Ghanaian referee managed the match after the original referee failed to attend the match.
The Ethiopian national team refused to play the match with the fourth referee, who had Ivorian citizenship.
The match was not completed, according to what was published by the Ethiopian Football Association, and its fate is not known yet.
But at the same time, the Madagascar national team, Ethiopias opponent for the second qualifying card, failed to beat its guest, Niger.
Madagascar, who reached the quarter-finals of the previous edition in Egypt, settled in their first participation with a goalless draw.
Consequently, the Ivorian national team led the group with 13 points, followed by Ethiopia with nine points, Madagascar with eight points, and finally Niger with four points.