Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Panel discussion to save Ethiopian football held at Ghion hotel

The Ethiopian football federation organized a one day panel discussion to sort out problems surrounding the sport, especially hoping to improve both the men and women’s national team. Although criticized by sports journalists for being a half baked hand out, three researchers presented a paper they had worked on for four months about the history and challenges of Ethiopian football. 
The panel discussion attempted to come to grips with the root problem of Ethiopian football. They hoped to look at potential solutions to improve the sport here. According to sport reporters a “brain storming session” was held after the papers were presented. However, no definite solutions were reached. The background of the sport and the Ethiopian national team contained mostly quantitative data that showed how many matches Ethiopia won and lost over the years. Little attention was apparently paid to women’s football.
“It is just a copy from the magazine EFF organized some 25 years back,” one sport reporter said. On a Wednesday morning radio program Keyar remarked;
“How a country hardly on the world football map Ukraine or little known Russia do so much better than Ethiopian football?”
The paper from a professor at Bahir dar University focused on the technical aspect. Critics said by his paper failed to pin point the root problem and rather focused on the physical aspects of Ethiopian players, their capacity in jumping, sprinting and the likes. “The paper is no different than any other over the last  20 years; it is the same old story again and again,” an anonymous football fan commented. “Why do clubs fail to become a  money generating industry? The lack in capacity of our national as well club coaches’ ability to follow he international standard. What about the regulations governing our players? And Lack of good federation capable of running the nations’ football… etc, were a few of the real issues that should have been entertained” added the football fan. Semere Belehu another football fun said the media people were denied access because they know too much about the root cause for the failure of the nation’s football and were sure to spill the peas from the tightly sealed cans. “I wonder why they denied active participation once called to the meeting as one of the stake holders in the sport,” Semere added. In the sport’s reporters view, the one day panel discussion hardly gave any better solutions for the grave problem of Ethiopian football; thus waiting with fingers crossed appears to be the only option for the sport’s future.