Ethiopia beat fellow 2013 AFCON finalists Niger 1-0 in a warm-up game on Sunday in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia match winner was Getaneh Kebede, who hit target on 37 minutes.
The 20-year-old striker from Ethiopian club Dedebit enhanced his growing reputation in front of goal against a Niger side, who were without several top stars including skipper Moussa Maazou.
Gebaneh is also the Ethiopian league’s current top scorer with nine goals before the two-month AFCON break and was the 2011/2012 season top gun with 20 goals.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia will host Guinea in their second pre-AFCON friendly at a date to be announced this week.
This was after the proposed game against fellow AFCON finalists Togo was called off for “operational reasons”.
The Walia Antelopes will later travel to Qatar to play Tunisia in their third friendly on January 7 in Doha.
Ethiopia are in Group C along with Nigeria, Zambia and Burkina Faso.