The Ethiopian women’s national football team have thrashed Libya 8-0 in an African Cup of Nations first leg qualifier played at Petro Sport Stadium in Egypt.Ahead of Wednesday’s game, which was supposed to be a home fixture for Libya away from their war-torn country, there was reports that their players were not organized and trained under precarious conditions.
Ethiopia took a resounding 6-0 lead by halftime, effectively putting the game to bed.
Rehima Zerega opened the scoring five minutes into the game before Loza Abera doubled the lead in the 16th minute.
The veteran Rehima and Loza completed their braces in quick succession as Ethiopia led 4-0 in the half hour mark.
Mirekat Feleke and Bizuayehu Tadesse struck the fifth and sixth before half time as the Libyans struggled to get back to the tie.
Bethlehem Kefyalew also managed to get in on the scoring act.
Rehima, who hit three in her last national team appearance against Uganda, completed her hattrick of goals in the 59th minute in what was clearly a one-sided affair.
The win in Cairo will make the national side’s second leg encounter a formality.
Head trainer Selam Zeraye told Soccer Ethiopia that her charges have already completed 80 percent of their assignment putting them in pole position to advance to the last qualifying round.
This score line is registered as the biggest win ever recorded by the Ethiopian women’s national team.
Ethiopia beat Malawi and Kenya 5-0.
They will face Libya in the return leg slated for Tuesday, April 10.