Walias take money prize, Sewnet takes LIFAN


The Ethiopian Football federation released the 3 million birr prize money to be disbursed among the heroic Walias that booked a place in the African Nations Cup final for the first time in three decades. The special prize to head coach Sewnet Bishaw ended up as the event’s biggest surprises.
In a special evening party held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Monday, the federation gave away the long-awaited and much talked about money prize for all the players that took part in the qualification campaign. The lowest prize was 50, 000 birr each for four players, while the biggest prize was to National and St. George striker, Adane Girma. Players were not the only ones who shared the jackpot but also federation executive members, including Ato Afework Ayele and Ato Ali Mirah. Even the team’s bus driver partook of the prize package, considered by many to be the best and biggest ever in Ethiopian football history.
Those players who appeared in four qualification matches, Adane Girma, Degu Debebe, Addis Hensa and Asrat Megersa each received 100, 000 birr, while Adane took an additional 30, 000 birr for the three goals he scored out of the total six Ethiopia registered in the final three qualification matches; two against Sudan and one away against Central Africa. Egypt-based Salhadin Said, who missed the away match against Sudan due to injury, collected 75, 000 birr plus 10, 000 for the decisive goal over Sudan here in Addis Ababa. Getaneh Kebede, Behailu Tusa, Alula Girma, Sisay Bancha, Jemal and Elias Biyadgelegn were among the set that collected between 60, 000 to 80, 000 birr. Team physio Yisehak Shiferaw and goalkeeper coach Kitaw Mulu also each collected 100, 000 birr. The day’s biggest moment came when Sewnet Bishaw was awarded the latest model LiFAN automobile worth 280, 000 birr. Amidst thunderous applause from the crowd, a blushing Sewnet received the key for the special prize. “This is the best moment of my life and I have no words to express my feeling,” remarked Sewnet, who was all-smiles, to the crowd.