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  • ETHIOPIA TO FACE UGANDA IN FRIENDLY AFCON 2019 qualifiers.

    ETHIOPIA TO FACE UGANDA IN FRIENDLY 05 May, 2017

     
     

    The Ethiopian National Team is scheduled to play against Uganda in an international friendly at Addis Ababa Stadium on June 3, as both sides prepare for their opening fixtures in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.

    The newly appointed coach of the Walias, Ashenafi Bekele, is expected to announce selected players.

    The Walias are in Group F with four-time African Cup of nation’s winner Ghana. Also in the group are Kenya and Sierra Leone. The Walias will play the first qualifier match against Ghana on June 9, 2017.

    The friendly match was confirmed by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) on Wednesday at FUFA house, Mengo in Kampala. The press conference was attended by the Cranes coach, Milutin Sredejovic.

    Meanwhile, the Walias will also face Zambia this month. The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) announced that they have requested Nigeria, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Uganda for friendly matches. The aim is to build the Walias team spirit and commence preparations for the qualifiers.

    “We have requested different teams for friendlies, but it is only the Ugandan side that confirmed to play against the Walias so far,” EFF president, Juniden Basha, told The Reporter.

    The Cranes have showed an impressive quality last year especially at AFCON 2017 qualifiers. The Ugandans were in the group with Burkina Faso, Botswana and Comoros. The Cranes qualified for being one of the two runners-up with the best records.

    Last year, they held Ghana to a goalless draw in Tamale.

    Ethiopia will ultimately be looking to qualify for AFCON 2019, which will be held in Cameroon, but they have to finish on top of Group F or finish among the top three second best placed teams.

    Ashenafi, who is keen on qualifying, understands the importance of kicking off the campaign on a high note.

    Playing against Ghana away from home will call for precision and determination from the Walias whose last fixture was last September in a 2-1 win over Seychelles in the AFCON 2017 qualifiers.

    Ghana played at AFCON 2017 in Gabon and reached the semifinals for a sixth consecutive time, a rather consistent feat that has seen them maintain their place among the top teams in African football.

    The return game is will be played on October 12, 2018 in one Ethiopia’s stadiums.  

    Group F AFCON qualifier matches fixtures

    June 9, 2017 Ghana vs. Ethiopia

    March 23, 2018 Ethiopia vs. Sierra Leone

    September 5, 2018 Ethiopia vs. Kenya

    October 12, 2018 Ethiopia vs. Ghana

    November 9, 2018 Sierra Leone vs. Ethiopia 

     

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  • JUVENTUS RECEIVES FINAL EVICTION NOTICE

    JUVENTUS RECEIVES FINAL EVICTION NOTICE 06 May, 2017

     
     

    Juventus Italian Sport Club, a hub for expats and the shrinking Italian community in Ethiopia, has been served its final notice to vacate its premises by the Ethiopian Agency for Government Housing.

    “Because you have been occupying the property at Wereda 18, Kebele 06 and house number 552, and as it was supposed to have been transferred to the government, it is to be noted you were holding to the property illegally,” the letter sent to the management of Club Juventus from the Agency for Government Houses read.  “You have ignored our repeated letters to vacate the property and as you have exhausted all the appeals that are granted to you, a final decision on the matter was granted on November 29, 2016”.

    The letter also ordered the management to pay up until May 17, 2017, in person at the office of the government agency and hand the property immediately. It also said, unless the order is respected, the agency would have no option, but to use government order 555/2000 and take immediate ownership of the 10,000sqm property.

    The management launched a public petition on a popular website earlier this year, calling the decision to evict them as being unfair.  The petition netted 295 signatories.

    “An unexpected and unfair court ruling has given the Agency of Government Houses ownership of our club! We need your support to help overrule the court’s decision in order to keep our club running to serve our future generations”, the petition read.

    There have been ongoing lawsuits from the heirs, in particular from Ketsela Dehene for the return of the property for decades. Juventus started its operation in 1958, leasing lands from Fitawrari Teshome Birru, but that arrangement was voided when the Derg regime transferred its ownership to the state. 

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  • Dubai Marathon: Tamirat Tola Breaks Course, Debutant Workenesh Degefa Takes Women’s Race

    Dubai Marathon: Tamirat Tola Breaks Course, Debutant Workenesh Degefa Takes Women’s Race


     

    Tamirat Tola breaks course record while Kenenisa Bekele drops out, debutant Worknesh Degefa takes women’s race

    Tamirat Tola is the surprise winner of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. The 25 year-old Ethiopian took the race with a course record of 2:04:11, improving his personal best by more than two minutes. Fellow-Ethiopians Mule Wasihun and Sisay Lemma finished in second and third positions with 2:06:46 and 2:08:04respectively.

    The big pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele, who aimed to break the world record of 2:02:57, suffered a major disappointment. Falling right at the start after being tripped from behind he lost contact to the leading group before the 10 k mark. The Ethiopian, who missed the world record by six seconds in Berlin last September, then dropped out at around 23 k and was seen holding his left calf.

    There was an upset in the women’s race as well: 26 year-old debutant Worknesh Degefa secured her biggest career win with a time of 2:22:36. It was an all-Ethiopian podium as well. Shure Demise  was second in 2:22:57 and Yebrgual Melese took third with 2:23:13.

    Both winners established world leading times and collected 200,000 Dollars each. All times are still unofficial.

     

     

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  • Months After Olympic Protest, Feyisa To Race Honolulu With Heavy Heart

    Months After Olympic Protest, Feyisa To Race Honolulu With Heavy Heart

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    Feyisa Lelisa

    HONOLULU, HI, USA — It’s been nearly four months since Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finish line in Rio de Janeiro with his wrists crossed in an ‘X’ above his head, silently protesting after earning the Olympic Marathon silver medal. The 26-year-old hasn’t been back to his native Ethiopia, hasn’t seen his wife or children, and hasn’t been in contact with the nation’s political leaders.
    Standing poolside at a Waikiki Beach hotel, Lilesa clenched his fists and recreated the stoic pose for a photo. His face was a stiff mix of emotion, resisting the slightest hint of a smile and focusing his eyes deep in the lens of the camera. Lilesa has made the pose countless times since August 21, each day hoping it will help spur change back home.
    Yet there hasn’t been any progress. He still fears for his life, misses his family, and prays for the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group facing severe oppression, violence, and death back home.
    “My life is very good in the USA. But I am far from my family,” Lilesa said, his voice both halting and quiet. He has been in America since September, making stops in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota before settling in the running mecca of Flagstaff, Ariz.
    On Sunday Lilesa will race the Honolulu Marathon, his first event since claiming silver at the Olympic Games. As tensions continue back in Ethiopia, Lilesa knows that racing here could provide another platform to further his message. With that in mind, he has been training at high altitude in Arizona. But it’s been hard to focus completely on running.
    After 18 days in Rio de Janeiro, Lilesa came to the United States with much fanfare. He participated in a full media tour in Washington, D.C., gracing the pages of the Washington Post and New York Times. But once that was done, the tall harrier moved to Flagstaff, home to some of the best distance runners in America, and began to train again. In all he’d take about a month and a half off from hard running as he transitioned to American life.
    His legs were moving again, but his heart and mind were half a world away back home.
    Two elite athletes who quickly took Lilesa under their wing were Yonas Mebrahtu, a native of Eritrea who became an American citizen in October, and Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time American Olympian born in Somalia. Training with Mebrahtu, Abdirahman, and other local runners, Lilesa said he’s only running about 100 kilometers (62 miles) a week at the moment. Yet he’s still the favorite here in Honolulu, with a personal best of 2:04:52.
    “They are very good people in Flagstaff. When I go to the gym, swimming, they invite me to dinner and are very lovely people, Flagstaff people…” he began before trailing off. Lilesa’s tone is vastly different when speaking of those in America compared to Ethiopia.
    When asked if he believes his protest has spurred any change back home, Lilesa shakes his head in frustration. After a defiant “no,” he elaborates.
    “For me, nobody has talked with me, not the Ethiopian government. If you support only him, he supports you. If you blame him, he kills you,” Lilesa said, referencing Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
    “If you are talking about somebody they will automatically kill you. After I come to the U.S., many people have been killed. Many people, after I showed the sign, many people have died.”
    It’s impossible to pinpoint an estimated number of deaths due to the oppression in Ethiopia. Lilesa will not return unless there is visible and distinct change leading to democracy. He has tried to move his family here, and hopes to hear more information in the coming months.
    “I will stay here until the region and Ethiopian government has changed. It is my decision to stay in the U.S.,” he said. “How could I go back to Ethiopia? If I go today, the government will kill me or arrest me. I cannot go back to the country ever again… I never can.”
    “My hope is that Ethiopia, like other countries [which are] democratics, humanity is respected. I want respect in that country. I wish politically it is a democracy. It is my wish.”
    Lilesa has experienced humanity in different forms since his protest: Ethiopians in America have sent tearful messages of support and approval, a constant reminder of the struggle and worthy cause. Professional athletes have reached out secretly to Lilesa and given encouragement as well.
    “Sometimes they call to me, by messenger they talk with me. Everybody likes me, but they have to distance themselves for the government,” he said. “They [the elite athletes] are afraid. But everybody has a feeling like me.”
    There is one subject that makes Lilesa smile: his Olympic silver medal. He remembers vividly the reaction of those at the American embassy when they first laid eyes on the medal.
    “When I went to the American embassy in Brazil, they say to me, ‘Where is your medal? When you come tomorrow, bring your medal with you.’ When I showed [them] in Brazil, they are very happy, very, very happy. When they liked my medal, after that I liked my medal,” he said. Of course, Lilesa set out to win gold. “When I got the silver medal, I was not happy. But when everyone liked my medal, people liked it, after that it was good for me.”
    Right now, the silver medal is safe at home in Flagstaff. But, Lilesa said, its eventual resting spot is in the heart of Ethiopia. He hopes to one day pass on the medal to his native land.
    “In Ethiopia, when Ethiopian people will get their freedom, this will be my gift,” he said. “This Olympic medal, I give for the memorial for the dead people and for those to get their freedoms. This is my gift to the Ethiopian people.”
    No matter what, whether he finishes first or second or fifth here in Honolulu, Lilesa said he will do the ‘X’ cross in silent protest at the end of Sunday’srace.
    “Some people, political and sports are no different. Everybody exists,” he said. “I need peace. Anybody, why anybody kill in the world. This [sign] is to stop the killing. We need peace, we need to respect humanity in every way. This one is not for another way. It’s peace and a symbol of peace, to stop, to stop the killing. I wish peace for the world, not only Ethiopia.”
    Source: Flo Track

     

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  • TOP EARNING ETHIOPIAN PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS

    TOP EARNING ETHIOPIAN PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS 

     

    26 Nov, 2016

     

    The Ethiopian Football Federation has announced the monthly salaries of the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) players, who signed a two-year agreement for their clubs in last transfer window. Arba Minch City midfielder, Tadelle Mengesha, is the top paid Ethiopian footballer in the EPL earning 125,000 birr per month.

    Ahead of the new 2016/17 season of Ethiopian top tier league, the big guns have continued to shake the transfer market, securing deals and beefing up their squads ready to challenge for domestic honors.

    The former national team skipper, Mulugeta Mihretu, who retired in 2015/16, was the top paid player earning 110,000 birr in the 2009 season on a two-year deal.

    His 110,000 birr salary beat the five-day-old record held by former Commercial Bank of Ethiopia player, Bereket Addisu, who had been the first player to earn 100,000 birr.  The surprising aspect is that Bereket came from a side in the lower division.

    The midfielder had been prominent in helping Hawassa become the first side to win the premier league title from outside of the capital. Mulugeta had been with Saint George for two seasons winning the title for the second time before his return to his former side Hawassa City for an unsuccessful single season.

    Previously, when deals were made, the players received two years payment in one single payment. Later on, the EFF drafted a new transfer rule, which is arranged on a monthly salary payment basis in order to see consistency in the performance of the players in the league. 

    Meanwhile, according to the announcement made by the EFF for the 2016/17 season, top rivals clubs spent over 10 million each during the transfer window. The amount also includes the extension of contracts. Tadelle is followed by his teammate Endale Kebede, who earns 104,000 birr per month.

    Third on the list are Ethiopian national team striker Getaneh Kebede, who returned to his old club, Dedebit FC, and Nigerian forward Samuel Sanumi, who plays for Ethiopia Coffee. Both earn 100,000 birr. The list also includes Asrat Megersa, who left relegated side Dashen Beer to return to his old club Dedebit FC. Asrat earns 83,000 birr. 

    Arba Minch City teammates Teshome Tadesse and Wondwossen Milkyas earn 79,000 and 72,000 birr, respectively.

    The EFF noted that although most Ethiopian Premier League teams spent close to 10 million birr each during the transfer season, the overall quality of the league and performance of most players has not improved much.

    Ethiopia Coffee secured the signature of Nigerian Samuel Sanumi from Dedebit FC on a free transfer. The prolific striker, whose contract with Dedebit elapsed at the end of the previous season, was handed a two-year deal to the surprise of many fans.

    Sanumi was the top scorer in the EPL during the 2014/15 season. He has previously played for Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.

    In a related development, Dedebit FC announced trials for 14 players from Ghana and Cameroon. The players will be in the country at their own expense. Former Walias Coach, Yohannes Sahle, who is currently the head Coach of Dedebit will recommend those who were successful during the trials to play for Dedebit.

    In the past, other EPL clubs have also been engaged transferring player from abroad. Ugandan players have been the majority of players from abroad. Robert Odongkara, Brian Umony, Issac Isinde, St. George’s new catch Yassar Mugerwa and Ethio-Electric’s Manco Kaweesa are notable mentions.

    Top paid players

    • Tadele Mengesha (Arba Minch City) – 125,000 birr/month
    • Endale Kebede (Arba Minch City – 104,000 birr/month
    • Getaneh Kebede (Dedebit FC) – 100,000 birr/month
    • Samuel Sanumi (Ethiopian Coffee) – 100,000 birr/month
    • Asrat Megersa (Dedebit FC) – 83,000 birr/month
    • Teshome Tadesse (Arba Minch City) -79,000 birr/month
    • Wondwossen Milkyas (Arba Minch FC) – 72,000 birr/month

     

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