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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

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 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 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

Ethiopia's Walias Beat Djibouti Football Team 5-1

Ethiopian-Walias-FootballJuly 16, 2017 - After its defeat by Ghana’s national team a couple of weeks ago, Ethiopia’s national team, the Walias, trashed the Shoremen of the Red Sea of Djibouti 5-1 in CHAN qualifier match held in Djobouti yesterday. The Ethiopian Premier League top scorer Getaneh Kebede of Dedebit scored four goals and  his teammate Mulualem Mesfin added one for Ethiopia

The 2018 African Nations Championship, which is now in its 5th edition, is a biennial football tournament organized by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF). Unlike the African Cup of Nations, the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic

Esperance Hammers Ethiopian Saint George 4-0

Esperance-St.GeorgeJuly 10, 2017 - Esperance, the Tunisian football giant, hammered Saint George of Ethiopia 4-0 on Sunday to advance as Group C leaders. Esperance produced a vivid attacking display against Saint George who looked totally helpless.

Tunisian international defender Khelil Chammam opened the scoring in the 29 th minutes with a fierce shot from outside the area before lively forward Bilel Mejri doubled the lead seven minutes later.

Haythem Jouini made it 3-0 six minutes from time and Ali Machani completed the rout in stoppage time as Esperance secured a comprehensive victory.

Ahly secured their place in the last eight on Saturday aft

Ethiopia Up in Latest FIFA Ranking

Ethiopia-ranks-103July 3, 2017 - Ethiopia is ranked 103rd in world football, after moving nine places up in the latest FIFA ranking released today.
AFCON 2017 qualifiers Uganda have dropped two places to 75th. The Cranes exited the Gabon hosted showpiece prematurely after losing two but one of their group matches.

Rwanda hit the reverse gear after making tremendous gains in the last ranking – dropping 7 steps to seal the top 100.

Kenya, who have not been active since last year, like most East African countries, stagnates at 87th.

Burundi are up one step to 138th while Sudan drop two places to 139th.


Sundowns Must be Ready to Unfavorable Conditions in Ethiopia - Dennis Onyango

Mamelodi-Sundowns-ethiopiaJuly 1, 2017 - Dennis Onyango‚ who played one season for the Ethiopian giants St George, advised that the Mamelodi Sundowns will have to adjust according to the unfavourable pitch conditions at the Addis Ababa Stadium in Ethiopia when they take on Saint George SC in their Caf Champions League group stage clash on Saturday.
“They are a team who like to play football when they are good going forward‚” Onyango‚ Caf’s local-based African Footballer of the year for 2016‚ said.

“And we must try as much as possible to minimise mistakes at the back because the pitch is not that good‚ w

Ethiopia Coach Blames Goalkeeper for Team’s Loss

Ghana-Ethiopia-5-0June 26, 2017 - After the Walias returned home, the football governing body summoned the coaching staff last week to explain what went wrong in the match against the Black Stars.

Ashenafi told the EFF officials that Mamo's poor performance was the main factor that led to the embarrassing defeat.

Ashenafi’s latest report contradicted what he has said earlier with regards to the match.

According to a statement Ashenafi issued to a local sports radio show, Sport Zone, which airs on Fana FM 98.1, he himself would take the responsibility for the bitter loss against Ghana.

Source: Ghana Soccer net

Russian Side Anzhi Makhachkala sign Ethiopian Midfielder

Gatoch-PanomJune 21, 2017 - Ethiopia national team midfielder Gatoch Panom has moved to Russian side Anzhi Makhackala on a three-year contract, having successfully exhausted his former deal with EPL side Ethiopia Coffee.

22-year-old flew to Moscow on Wednesday last week for trials with the Anzhi and now has passed his medicals without a problem.

A statement from his agent David Beshah said that they have held discussions with the side and that the deal has been sealed, five days after his trial stint with Anzhi.

“We are very delighted with the move. He is talented lad and i knew he would seal a move to Anzhi,”said Beshah.


Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Wants to Leave Real Madrid

Ronaldo-wants-to-leave-RMJune 18, 2017 - Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly told Zinedine Zidane he wants transfer amid links to Manchester United and Chelsea, according to Metro UK.

Zinedine Zidane begged Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Real Madrid in a recent personal plea to the attacker over the phone, reports say.

But Ronaldo reiterated his desire to leave Spain and told his manager that his decision was final amid reports Manchester United and Chelsea want to bring him back to England.

Spanish Radio Cope claim Zidane spoke to Ronaldo directly after reports emerged he had told Real he wants a summer exit.

Ronaldo is reportedly furious at alle

Ethiopia Finalizing Plans to Host CAF General Assembly

Ethiopia-finalizing-plans-to-host-CAFMarch 8, 2017 - Ethiopia is finalizing preparations to host the 39th ordinary general assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), according to ENA.

The event is "historic and unique" for Ethiopia that is going to host the CAF General Assembly after 51 years, Juneidin Basha President of the Federation told ENA.

Holding the meeting in Ethiopia, the founding member of CAF, is appropriate, as it coincides with the 60th founding anniversary of CAF, he said.

Five-hundred participants including CAF member countries and well known football players are expected at the event.

According to Juneidin, th

Ethiopia to Lobby Relocation of CAF Headquarters to Addis Ababa

CAFNovember 27, 2016 - Ethiopia is planning to lobby for relocation of Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from Cairo, Egypt, to its capital Addis Ababa.

The upcoming CAF Congress in Addis, March next year, will present an opportunity to pitch for the “popular” idea at the highest level.

“Ethiopia is seeking support from many CAF members who feel Cairo is far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the North African country,” a source close to Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) told

56-member CAF was formed 59-years ago and was first hosted in Khartou

Ethiopia to Host FIFA Executive Football Summit

FIFA-SummitNovember 24, 2016 - Addis Ababa has been chosen as the only African city and one of the six venues to host 11 Fifa Executive Football Summits around the world between November 2016 and March 2017.

Following the launch in Paris, two summits will take place in Singapore (6-8 December), two in Miami (17-18 January), two in Doha (14-16 February), two in Addis Ababa (21-23 February).

Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha also confirmed the new development posted on the Fifa portal.

"As a country and federation we are indeed honoured to be the choice for the Fifa summit next year that's confirms the confidence the World governing bo

Ethiopia Bidding to Host 2025 Africa Cup of Nations

AA_Future_StadiumNovember 19, 2016 - Ethiopia will bid to play hosts to the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). This was confirmed to by the country’s football federation president, Junedin Basha.

After his meeting this week with Caf Secretary General, Hicham Al Amrani, Junedin alluded to the fact they are ready to play hosts to the African football showpiece.
“Yes it’s true we are ready to bid for Afcon 2025 as we have all it takes to host the biggest tournament. We want to compete with other bidders and hopefully we will get the opportunity as we have great sports infrastructure development across the country.

Rare National Joy as Ethiopia Beats South Africa 2-1

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Ethiopia celebrates football winAddis Ababa, June 20, 2013 ( - It was a moment of an absolute harmony, pride and happiness in the country, as Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 in Addis Ababa Stadium.

Stop Mixing Politics with Sports


By Seble Teweldebirhan


The WalyasAddis Ababa, October 19, 2012 ( - Last week Sunday holds a special place for Ethiopians. The day was, after 31 years of frustration and disappointment, the Ethiopian National Football Team (The Walyas) made it to the African Cup of nations. The day can be m


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