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Ethiopian Police Charge 18 Over Deadly Football Riot

Woldia-Riot-EthiopiaDecember 10, 2017 - Ethiopian police in northern Amhara regional state said that 18 people had been charged over the deadly football riot earlier this month, reports Xinhua. 

One December 3, 2017, clashes between fans of two Ethiopian clubs namely, Mekelle city football club and Woldiya city football club, turned into a riot that left two people dead and vandalism of residential and business sites.

Amare Goshu, Commander of North Wollo Zone Police Department in Amhara, said another 31 people arrested relating to the riot have been released for a lack of evidence.

He further said his police department is working with religiou

Ethiopian Athletes Win Delhi Half Marathon

Delhi-Half-marathon-2017November 20, 2017 - Ethiopia’s athletes Berhanu Legese and reigning Olympic 10,000 metre champion Almaz Ayana won the respective elite men’s and women’s races at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon held in india. 

Legese, who won the 2015 edition of the ADHM, clocked 59:46 minutes followed by fellow Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu and American Leonard Korir, who completed their races in 59:51 and 59:52 minutes respectively.

“I can’t express the happiness in words,” said an ecstatic Legese after the race.

The elite international women’s category saw a complete domination from the Eth

Ethiopian Buna Signs New Serbian Coach

Bunna-New-CoachNovember 9, 2017 - Ethiopia Bunna F.C has hired Serbian Kostadin Papic as its new coach following the resignation of Dragan Popadich left the helm due to illness. Papic, 57, has jetted in to Addis Ababa from Belgrade a week ago. He has signed a two years deal with Bunna as confirmed by the club’s official Facebook handle.

Ethiopia Bunna and Popadich parted ways in mutual consent after the Addis Cardiac Center warned the Serbian former Express and Simba coach his illness is life threatening. Ethiopia Bunna has been on hunt to bring a new coach before the new season got underway. The club’s board had a long negotiation with Papic a

St. George Wins Ethiopian Super Cup

St.George-Football-ClubOctober 30, 2017 - Ethiopian Premier League champions Kidus Giorgis won Wolaitta Dicha 2 - 0 in Ethiopian Super Cup final game played in Addis Ababa, reports soccer Ethiopia . Alula Girma and Abubakher Sani struck in the first half as Kidus Giorgis got their cup triumph.

Wolaitta Dicha looked unbreakable at the back from the onset as Kidus Giorgis find it very though to penetrate the Dicha’s defense. The Horsemen captain Degu Debebe’s header was easily saved by Dicha’s Nigerian goalie Emmanuel Fevor in the 23rd minute while Eyob Alemayehu’s strike from range at the other end could not trouble Kidus Giorgis

Ethiopia to Face Rwanda in CHAN Qualifier

Rwanda-National-TeamOctober 29, 2017 - Ethiopia will face Rwanda in a two-legged play-off for the right to replace Egypt at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, reports BBC. The northern African nation, Egypt, pulled out of the tournament– which is for African players based in their domestic leagues – because of a timing clash.

Ethiopia and Rwanda were eliminated in the final round of East Zone qualifiers, and the Confederation of African Football (Caf) confirmed both teams had been picked for the play-off as “a part of a concern for fairness”.

Caf say it will bring the number of teams representing the Central E

Ethiopia U-17 Women Team to Host Nigeria

Ethiopia-U17-Hosting-NigeriaOctober 25, 2017 - As part of FIFA Under-17 Women World Cup qualification, Ethiopia will play Nigeria in the second round qualification match after Kenya pulled out of the tie. Kenya cited their inability to raise a team for the first round match this month as their reason for pulling out.

Kenya Football Federation boss Robert Muthomi said: “We were scheduled to play Ethiopia in October 2017. However, following consultations with the schools and Ministry of Education officials, we have decided to withdraw our participation.

“This is to allow players ample time to prepare and sit for their exams,

Ethiopia Football Federation Orders all Soccer Clubs to Build Stadiums

Ethiopia-Football-FederationOctober 18, 2018 - In an unprecedented move, the Ethiopian Football Federation has enacted a regulation that obliges all Ethiopian soccer clubs in the premier and super leagues to construct standardized stadiums within two years, according to ANA.

All the soccer clubs in the country do not have their own stadiums. Tedla Dagnachew, Licensing Manager of the Federation said  that the clubs need to have their own stadiums, since having standard stadium is among the criteria set by FIFA.

According to him, clubs that would not fulfill the standard could be relegated to the lower division.

Despite these regulati

Ethiopian Cyclist Signs for American Club

Tsgabu-Grmay-EthiopianSeptember 3, 2017 - Ethiopian cyclist Tsgabu Grmay has joined Trek for 2018, the American team announced on Monday. The 26-year-old, the African time-trial champion two years ago, joins the American team from Bahrain. Grmay, the reigning time trial champion in Ethiopia, got his start with MTN-Qhubeka in 2012 and spent three seasons with the team before jumping to the WorldTour with Lampre-Merida. After two years there, he joined Bahrain-Merida for 2017. A three-time time trial champion and two-time road race champion in Ethiopia, he finished fifth overall at Februarys Tour of Oman.

In a press release, Tsgabu Grmay said, 'I am very happy a

Botswana Hammers Ethiopia’s Waliya in Friendly Match

Botswana-Ethiopia-2-0October 1, 2017 - The Botswana national team beat the Waliyas 2-0 in Independence Day friendly game. The friendly tie was organized by the government of Botswana in celebration of the 51st year anniversary of the Southern Africa nation independence from British rule.

Veteran striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane scored in each half as Botswana secured a 2-0 win over Ethiopia. The hosts made a positive start as Ramatlhakwane broke the deadlock barely two minutes following the kickoff through a penalty kick. The Township Rollers forward doubled the lead after the recess yet again converting a second spot kick.

Ethiopia coach Ashenafi Bekele has

Ethiopia Under-20 Women Team Plays Kenya to 2-2 Draw

Ethiopian-women-under-20September 18, 2017 - The Ethiopian national women's under-20 football team on Sunday scored two crucial goals in their 2-2 draw against Kenya in the first leg of their second round qualifying campaign for the 2018 Fifa Women's World Cup.

Forward Mirikat Feleke opened the scoring for Ethiopia in the 19th minute and ten minutes later, they went two-up courtesy of an Alemnesh Geremew strike for a 2-0 lead at halftime in the match played at the Hawassa Stadium.

The Kenyans Starlets rallied back after the break and pulled a goal back through skipper Corazon Aquino 's penalty in the 85th minute, before Maureen Khakasi com

Ethiopia: Fasil Kenema Signs Two Ugandan Footballers

Fasil-Ketema-Ethiopian-ClubSeptember 16, 2017 - Ethiopian northern city club, Fasil Kenema, signed two Ugandan footballers, Yasser Mugerwa and Robert Sentongo. The Ethiopia Premier League side Fasil Kenema is currently camped in the arid town of Debrezeyit ahead of the anticipated league kick off in late October.

The two Uganda Cranes internationals put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the club found in the Northern Ethiopian town of Gonder.Ssentongo joins as a free agent following the expiration of his employment contract at KCCA Football Club.

Meanwhile, Mugerwa left St George F.C after a mutual agreement because he was still contracted with the country&

Ethiopia Downplays Guardian Report on Doping

Ethiopian-doping-EPOAugust 13, 2017 - Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) and Gishen Pharmacy downplayed a recent report by the British newspaper The Guardian entitled “Inside the doping hotspot of Ethiopia dodgy testing and EPO over the counter” which was based on its recent investigation that revealed “how easy it is to obtain doping products, uncovers disorganization at the Ethiopian anti-doping agency and catches leading Ethiopian athlete admitting to having taken performance-enhancing drugs”. 

In the wake of the IAAF World Championships in London, the UK based newspaper has reported that its investigators have found out that doping products

Ethiopia Expresses Interest in Hosting African Cup of Nations

Ethiopia-hosting-Africa-Cup-NationsAugust 10, 2017 - After decades of absence, Ethiopia expressed interest in hosting the African cup of nations in the near future. During a discussion between CAF officials and Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn, the prime minster affirmed Ethiopia’s interest to host the continental football event.

The Ethiopian football federation president, Juneidi Basha, was also quoted saying “as part of efforts geared towards that dream, Ethiopia was building eight new stadiums each with a capacity of 30,000 in its sports infrastructure drive."

Ethiopia hosted the African cup of nations in 1962 and reigne

Ethiopian Women U-17 Team Lucy to Face Nigeria or Kenya

Ethiopian-Lucy-meeting-Nigeria-KenyaAugust 8, 2017 - Ethiopian Women’s U-17 (the Lucy) team will face either Nigeria or Kenya in the first round of the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup which will be held in Uruguay, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Monday.

The Lucy will have to wait for the preliminary stage winner between Nigeria and Kenya. Ethiopia will first host Kenya in the weekend of October 13th to 15th while the second leg will hold on the weekend of October 27th to 29th. Alternatively, the first round of qualifiers, Ethiopia will first travel to face either Nigeria or Kenya on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd December while the second leg wi

Ethiopia, Zambia Match Ends Scoreless

Ethiopia-Zambia-Match-scorelessAugust 6, 2017 - The friendly match between Ethiopian and Zambian national teams ended scoreless. The scoreless match was meant to prepare both teams for their respective Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 final round qualifiers.

After this match, Ethiopia faces Sudan in the Central-East Zone while Zambia takes on South Africa in their respective zone.

Walias’ Starting 11:
Goalkeeper: Jemal Tassew (Dire Dawa Kenema)
Defenders: Anteneh Tesfaye (Dire Dawa Kenema), Aschalew Tamene (Kedus Giorgis), Abdul Karim Mohammed (Kedus Giorgis) and Desta Yohannes (Hawassa Kenema)
Midfilede

Almaz Ayana Rockets to Win 10,000M Race; Tirunesh Dibaba Second

Ethiopian-Almaz-Ayana-wins-1000m-raceAugust 6, 2017 - Ethiopian Almaz Ayana won the 10,000 metres at the World Championships on Saturday, finishing around 300 metres ahead of her rivals, reports Reuters.

The Olympic champion began pulling away from the field after 10 laps, sweeping past back markers who were made to look sluggish in comparison.

She finished in 30:16.32 seconds, well outside the world record she set when she won in Rio last year but still enough to win by an astonishing 46.37 seconds, by far the biggest margin in championship history.

Ayana's compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba, the former world and Olympic champion, added

Ethiopia Faces Zamibia in a Friendly Match

Zambia-National-TeamJuly 31, 2017 - Ethiopia will face Zambia this Saturday in a friendly match, reports Lusaka Times. Ahead of this game, Zamibian national team’s coach, Wedson Nyirenda, has dropped some of its key players due to disciplinary reasons.

After their defeat by Ghana, the Ethiopian Walias hammered Djibouti’s national team 5 to 1 a couple of weeks ago.  Following this defeat by Ethiopia, Djibouti’s football federation dismantled its national team in order to create another team built by young palyers.

According to Lusaka time, the match will be Zambia’s buildup ahead of their August 12 match against South Africa in

Ethiopian Athlete Punches Coach for Not Being Selected for Championship

Chala-BeyoJuly 29, 2017 - Ethiopian Police are searching for an athlete who punched and injured his Coach’s eye after learning that he was not selected for the London world championship.  The Athlete, Chala Beyo, ran for Ethiopia in the 3,000 meters steeplechase at last year’s Olympics. He didn’t qualify for the finals this time.

Commenting on the case, Sileshi Bisrat, Ethiopian Athletics Federation spokesman says the 21-year-old steeplechase runner, punched coach Yohannes Mohammed when the team was announced.

The coach needed medical treatment for an injured left eye, and Sileshi says police are searching for the runner.

Sileshi al

Kenenisa Bekele Withdraws from 2017 IAAF World Championships

Kenenisa-bekele-withdrawsJuly 26, 2017 - The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) announced a 40-member team that will represent the country at the 16th edition of the IAAF World Championships scheduled to take place next month in London, UK, according to FBC report.

The long-distance runner and current world and Olympic records holder in both 5,000m and 10,000m events, Kenenisa Bekele, excluded himself from the selection due to current form.

“I’m not fit enough to compete at the event,” Kenenisa was quoted by the EAF as saying.

List of Athletes named to represent Ethiopia:

●   800m (men) - 1. Mohammed Aman 2.

Ethiopian Athletes Win 800m Race over Kenyans

Ethiopian-Athlets-win-over-KenyansJuly 16, 2017 - Ethiopian athletes, Nberet Melesa and Bodena Toles won the World Under-18 Championships 800m distance run held in Kenya, coming in first and second, respectively.  "We had planned to stay ahead of the pack but it seems the Ethiopians were stronger than us," said Kibiwott, a Kenyan athlete who won the bronze medal .

Kenya failed to secure any victory on the penultimate day of the championships on Saturday, winning one silver and three bronze medals. Dominic Samson started the day with the historic bronze medal in the boys' 10,000m race walk as Mpoke Moitalel went for boys' 400m hurdles silver.

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