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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

Lucy Made a Statement Much More Than a Football Win

By Seble Teweldebirhan


Lucy Football Team EthiopiaAddis Ababa, June 22, 2012 ( - This week, Ethiopian football fans are having an absolute joy. Many congratulatory messages have been circulating around, and the cheer and happiness is inspiring. E

Are We Getting Obsessed with European Football?

By Seble Teweldebirhan


European FootballAddis Ababa, March 4, 2012 ( - I just do not get the obsession my generation has with European football. Do not get me wrong, as many of my friends do, I tried to understand and fall in love with one of the teams. I did go to a house with DSTV (The pay TV in Ethiopia), that sh

North Korean World Cup Team Shamed for Losses

North Korea Team ShamedJuly 30, 2010 -- Since North Korea players returned home, they have been publicly shamed, according to media reports. The manager has been forced to become a construction worker, and there are fears for his safety, according to Newsweek report.

The soccer team's first game was not televised in the country, for fear of embarrassment. But when the team put up a remarkably good show against Brazil, narrowly losing 2-1, hopes were raised and the second game against Portugal was shown. The team lost 7-0. And then lost again, 3-0, in t

Hundreds Protest Alleged World Cup 2010 Scum In Addis Ababa

Alleged Ethiopian Scum for World Cup 2010July 17, 2010 -- Hundreds of people gathered to protest what they called an extortion scheme conducted by indvidualls who claim they sold travel package to South Africa for World Cup 2010, reports Ethiopian Reporter.

Few weeks prior to the FIFA 2010 World Cup many companies were in a race to advertise their travel packages to take people to the South Africa. Askalukan Trading was one of those companies. A presentation by Girmay Gebre-Micheal, the owner of the company, was a bit different at the time. Apart from the stated

Spain Defeats Netherlands, Wins World Cup 2010

Spain Wins World Cup 2010July 12, 2010 -- Spain won its first World Cup title on Sunday, defeating the Netherlands 1-0 with an extra-time goal by Andres Iniesta in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The goal in the 116th minute came about seven minutes after the Netherlands went down to 10 men, due to a red card given to Dutch defender John Heitinga.

The winning move started with a misdirected cross from Spanish forward Fernando Torres. A Dutch defender tried to clear it, but the ball came to Spain's Cesc Fabregas, who sent it to Iniesta.

World Cup: Spain Defeats Favored Germany

Carles PuyolJuly 7, 2010 -- In a dazzling match, Spain defeated heavily favored Germany 1-0 in the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup today in South Africa, clenching a spot in the World Cup finals against Netherlands. Spain dominated much of the game while Germany played defence. Germany finally came into action in the last 15 mintes of so but they never had a clear shot.

The last time these two teams met in competition Spain defeated Germany in the 2008 Euro final. Germany will now proceed to play Uruguay for a third place finish, reminiscent of the 2006 World Cup in which Germany emerged vi

Chinese Company to Build Modern Stadium in Ethiopia

Ethiopian StadiumApril 10, 2010 -- ADDIS ABABA - ETHIOPIAN league champions St George on Friday signed an agreement with a Chinese construction company to build the nation's first purpose-built ground, reports AFP.

Club chief Abennet Gebremeskel signed the deal with CJIC to construct the stadium in the east of Addis Ababa.

'The stadium will cost 247 million birr and is expected to be completed in 24 months,' he told a press conference. It will be named Sheikh Hussein Mohammed Al Amoudi Stadium after its patron, w

Ethiopia beats Djibouti at Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup match

Ethiopian FootballNovember 30, 2009 -- Ethiopia have moved to the top of their group at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after 5-0 win over Djibouti in Nairobi on Monday.

The two teams were locked at 0-0 at half-time, but the Ethiopians unleashed their strikers in the second period.

The match was the opening game for both teams in the group stages of the regional tournament for East and Central Africa.

Aklilu Ayenew opened the scoring five minutes into the second half.

World Cup Arrives in Ethiopia Today

ADDIS ABABA, November 17 – The World Cup trophy arrives here in Addis today as part of its African tour, reception committee announced.


National World Cup Reception Committee members told a press conference yesterday that the trophy, named GGArmy, would stay in Ethiopia for three days during which it would be displayed at the National Palace in the presence of the President and other senior officials. The public will also have the chance to gre

Ethiopia readmitted to world football

July 18, 2009 -- The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has been readmitted to world football after elections for a new leadership were held on Saturday.

A three-man delegation from world football's governing body, Fifa, said that they were "satisfied with the result".

In-fighting at the EFF led to Ethiopia being thrown out of the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations last July.

Sahlu Gebrewold Gebremariam was voted in as president of the EFF, replacing Dr Ashebir Woldegiorgis, who resigned in May.

Ethiopian soccer clubs to establish new football league

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Over 40 sports clubs in Ethiopia announced on Sunday plans to establish a national football league.

The football league, according to the clubs, will be launched within a few weeks time, which is expected to tackle the country’s football problem.

The Ethiopian Football Federation, currently under FIFA sanctions, said that a total of 41 football clubs of the country’s premier league will be part of the new league.

“The league takes from the experiences of other African countries football

Ethiopia suspended by Fifa


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Fifa has suspended the Ethiopia Football Federation

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