The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has confirmed that their national team will not be participating in the 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda this month.
The EFF also said that it will not be entering a team into the Cecafa Women’s Under-17 Challenge Cup, which Uganda is also hosting.
No official reason was given for the federation’s decision not to send the teams to the tournaments but according to BBC Sport, it understands that financial difficulties are at least part of the reason for the withdrawals.
The withdrawal means Group A at this year’s Senior Challenge Cup will feature hosts Uganda, Burundi and Eritrea.
The tournament is due to be held between 7 and 19 December.
Earlier, Rwanda pulled out of the regional tournament citing lack of funds to finance the team.
Djibouti are already in Uganda for the tournament while DR Congo will be the tournament’s guest tem.
The tournament will be used by the teams to prepare for the 2020 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon.
Uganda are the record champions having won the championship on 14 occasions with the last one coming in 2015 in Ethiopia.
Group A: Uganda, Burundi, Eritrea.
Group B: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo
Group C: Kenya, Tanzania, Djibouti, Zanzibar