Ethiopia coach Ashenafi Bekele says losing to "one of the strongest teams in Africa" is no shocker following their humiliating defeat to Ghana on Sunday.
The Walias got their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers off to a rather forgettable start after succumbing to a 5-0 away reversal in Kumasi.
“Ghana’s team is one of the strongest in Africa with most of their players being professionals and that is the reason why we lost," Bekele said.
"Most of my players are young.
"Tactically and technically, the Ghanaian players are ahead of us.
“It is not a shock score line for us, but to [me], it's a good result for us because Ghana is one of the strongest teams in Africa with many professional players.”
Ethiopia will host Sierra Leone when the qualifiers return in March next year before taking on Kenya to complete the first round.
The Walias last played at the Afcon in 2013.