Ethiopia leaves a mark in return to African Cup

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Ethiopia had a wild ride at its first African Cup of Nations in more than 30 years, even though the team was eliminated in the group stage.

Two goalkeepers were sent off, the team's federation was fined because of misbehaving fans and it scored its first tournament goal in 37 years in a surprising draw with defending champion Zambia.

Ethiopia was a win away from advancing to the quarterfinals but allowed two late goals against Nigeria in its final Group C match on Tuesday to finish last.

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw said his players lacked the experience needed to take them to the next round.