Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

The rising Ethiopian soccer star Salhadin Seid

The hard working striker born in October 29, 1988 and raised in, Benishangul Gumuz Regional State now become a great inspiration to his locality has well a rising national soccer star at the international stage. Five goals in three consecutive international matches currently based in Egypt “Wadi Dagla” club, Salhadin appears as the player that takes Ethiopian professional football a big step forward. Two goals over African soccer mighty Super Eagles in the 2-2 draw that cost Nigeria a cup final qualification, then a shocking opener at the 1-1 away draw with South Africa followed by an emphatic two individual effort brilliant goals, Walia’s one man strike force is the most reliable goal hunter Ethiopia has to depend on. “Salhadin is a big inspiration for the squad and if he is there in the lineup, surely you get goals. Had he been in the match against Benin the result would have been in favor of us,” National head coach Sewnet Bishaw remarked to Ethiopian Television.
Salhadin started his carrier with Mugher Cement FC youth project before a surprise move to Ethiopia’s number one soccer side, Saint George for two seasons. Two premier league titles followed by a well deserved two year ban by Ethiopian Football Federation, Salhadin roared back into the much anticipated home clash against visitor’s Nigeria where his two brilliant goals were dedicated for Ethiopian football fans. Though his trial with Serbian side Partisan-Belgrade was unsuccessful and his short spell with FK Vojvodina fruitful, Wadi Dagla of Egypt called him for a trial then signed him for a two year contract paying the biggest ever transfer money for an Ethiopian, 240,000 Birr that goes along with USD 1,000 monthly salary. Unfortunately the political turmoil in Egypt followed by shocking football fans death denied the striker a league season for football in Egypt that is suspended for a season. The twenty year old striker is now comfortable with the national side scoring five goals in three consecutive matches and on his way as pioneer to the success of football in Ethiopia. His goal against South Africa in Rustenburg helped Ethiopia to a 1-1 draw and last weekend’s two astonishing goals steer Ethiopia to top of the group table.