The Ethiopian Under-23 Football team on Wednesday, 14 November 2018, beat its Somali counterpart 4-0 at the Addis Ababa stadium.
The return match will be held in Djibouti on Tuesday.
This result puts the team at a huge advantage for the return match and to pass on to the next stage, where it will meet the Mali Olympic team.
The qualification match is in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In other Ethiopian football news, the best players of the Ethiopian premier league 2017-2018 will be given award Thursday at the Intercontinental Hotel.
The Ethiopian Football Federation has prepared certificates and prize money to award the best players featuring in the premier league that ended with the victory of Jima Abajifar.