Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Ethiopian national side “Walia” called for test

Despite strong opposition from football fans after a goal less home draw with visiting Benin here in the Capital, the national head coach Sewnet Bishaw resumed his duty, announcing a list of 42 players.
What is surprising for many football fans is Sewnet’s determination to remain in the hot seat  after all that cursing and questioning his side lining players selected from Saint’s and Ethiopian Coffee. Many felt they should have beaten Benin, who rarely made it into Ethiopia’s attacking zone.  Of course the 17,000 Birr a month salary is hard to throw away; it creates a huge motivation to remain a sitting duck for anyone who could throw anything at you.
Head coach Sewnet’s latest campaign is a qualification group fixtures for the 2014 Brazil World Cup. There is an opening match against group heavy weight South Africa in June followed by a decisive return leg away match against Benin two weeks later. According to a reporter from FM 98, Sewnet’s latest program appears to be very modern.  The selected players will have to test their physical, technical and physiological capacity ever week during a five week training session. This time the Ethiopian Football Federation appears smart enough to send a letter for players through their respective sides reminding them that they should report to the training. Premier league leader Dedebit FC stands tall in contributing eight players with Ethiopian Coffee second throwing in six players then Saints and Mugher Cement each with five players. Hawasa Town and Adama Town are each represented by two players while the only player from the power company Electric is the defensive midfielder Asrat Megersa. When Ethiopia’s national side “Walia” defeated Somalia in a 4-0 pre-qualification aggregate score line they booked a place in the group stage where South Africa, Botswana and Central Africa await.