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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 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

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.

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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.

Gatoc

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

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