For the first time in recent years Ethiopia NegedBank appears to come to sense promoting seven players to the senior team instead of spending tens of millions birr for signing new players. The only player to join the side is the giant Nigerian striker Peter Nwadke formerly with Ethio-Electric.
It was Ethiopia NegedBank’s common experience signing at least ten new players every season. Gebremedin Haile, Tilahun Mengesha, and Wubetu Abate all came and went applying the same method of building the team that is spending millions for new players. The incumbent head coach Tsegaye K/Mariam’s reign in the past two seasons was the same splashing millions for almost a dozen players every single season.
This season the policy appeared to change dramatically looking for young talents from their own back yard. The Youth team under Girma Tsegaye took the Addis Ababa championship trophy, NegedBank opted to promote the upcoming talents from that team. Seven players are included in Tsegaye’s latest squad ready to travel to Hawassa Town for pre-season preparation.
Nine players including the club’s highest score for the past two seasons Nigerian Philip Dawzi (to Kuwait league side Al-Naser), his strike partner Biniyam Assefa (rumored to join AbaBuna) and midfielder Abdulkerim Hassen (Ethiopia Bunna) all left the club.
According to sources close to the club the change of policy is a decision coming from up the ladder and it may be a good example for other government offices. “Producing upcoming talents to the country’s Football must be the supposedly direction for government clubs. Therefore they must focus on young talents rather than spending millions for players famous for merry-go round” A committee member from the club suggested.