Ethio Fin Sports Club completed 4th place in ESCFE Zurich 2019 tournament.
Ethio Fin Sports Club participated in the last months ESCFE tournament in 2019 for 7th times in a row. As always the football club designated official flight that players and fans could take for reaching host city. Players start arriving at Zurich 2 days before the tournament begins. Most players arrived in Zurich one day before the tournament begins. All the players stayed in a hotel near the tournament venue around Zurich airport. The club also rented intermediate passenger car for easy mobility.
As always EthioFin Sports club has been preparing for a month for the tournament. Players met 3 times a week to raise their fitness level and practice different drills and technics.
Ethio Fin was labeled in Group D with Ethio Norway, Ethio Emilia, Ethio Nuremberg, and EthioFrance Buna. Group stage results are
Wednesday 31 July 2019
Ethio Fin 0: 0 Ethio Norway
Ethio Fin 4: 0 Ethio Emilia ( Goal scored by: Nahom E. ,Ezan , Bazen , Sami)
Thursday 1 Aug 2019
Ethio Fin 13: 0 Ethio Nuremberg (Goal scored by: Nahom E.(2) , Sami(7), Sewnet(2), fitsum E, Yonas and Japheth )
Ethio Fin 0: 0 Ethio France buna
Ethio Fin qualifies to quarter-final after standing second in group D following EthiFrance Buna. We faced group C number one Ethio Stuttgart the next day at 11 o’clock.
The QuarterFinal game was the most challenging game so far. Ethio Fin captain Ezan has returned back to Finland due to work. A couple of the players were exhausted from the previous games. These things put lots of pressure on the team. Once the game started, EthioFin played with caution. Both teams played well and created goal-scoring opportunities. Full time was completed with a goalless draw. So, directly followed by a penalty shoot-out to identify a winner. Ethio Fin scored 4 out of the 5 penalty kicks and become victorious. Ethio Fin Goalkeeper Kabinad raised hero after saving penalties and scoring the winning shot.
QuarterFinal result is
Friday 2 Aug 2019
Ethio Fin 0(4) : 0(3) EthioStuttgart
The victory was historic as EthioFin is going to play SemiFinals for the first time in the tournament history. Afternoon opponent was EthioHolland. This team is last year’s runner up.
The semi-final was played the same day as the quarter-final game in the afternoon at 15:00. Before the match started a couple of players were pulled out of the game due to injuries from previous games and exhaustion. Lack of squad depth at EthioFin in such competition has been an issue in recent years.
EthioHolland scored an early goal in the first half. After that Ethio Fin dominated the game and created a lot of goal scoring opportunities. However, none of those efforts were converted to goals and the game ended 1-0 defeat for Ethio Fin.
SemiFinal result is
Friday 2 Aug 2019
Ethio Fin 0 : 1 EthioHolland
Though it was a great achievement to reach semi-finals for the first time, it was a bitter defeat as we could have won the game with our dominance and goal scoring chances we created.
In ESCFE tournament 3rd place games are not played. Instead, it is a coin toast. Ethio Fin loses the coin toss against EthioZurich. The Final was between Ehtio France Buna and Ethio Holland. Ethio France Buna won the title by a penalty shoot-out.
At Zurich tournament, EthioFin Sports Club was represented by Tewodros Guday. Tewodros is a co-founder of the sports club. He commented that