Diplomacy was combined with sport when the Ethiopian national side met a visiting Chinese youth side in the capital, Addis Ababa on Sunday (1 December).
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Background: Diplomacy was combined with sport when the Ethiopian national side met a visiting Chinese youth side in the capital, Addis Ababa on Sunday (1 December).
The Chinese side -- with little experience in international football -- played under the motto of: "friendship first, competition second".
As the two sides lined up in the National Stadium before play began, the Chinese team was welcomed by Ethiopia's Minister of National Unity, Development and Community Affairs, Mr. Ato Taddesse Terefe, and the Vice Minister of Sports, Mr. Yidskatchew Tessema.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia greeted the Ethiopian players.
The Chinese youth team left Peking at the end of October, playing matches in Saudi Arabia, Zaire, Ruanda and Burundi before going on to Ethiopia -- the last stop of their tour.
Sunday's match - watched by a crowd of 30,000 -- ended in a three-one victory for the Ethiopians, who scored two goals in the first half and another in the second.
The Chinese side was to play another two matches in Ethiopia -- against the regional Asmara and Dire Dawa sides -- before returning to Peking on 11 December.