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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

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


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