A 2-1 away victory over hosts Seychellies followed by an unconvincing same score home win over visitors Lesotho, EFF finally gave its verdict on the interim national head coach Gebremedin Haile’s performance in the two international matches under his guidance. The anticipated contract never came true thus the former Mekelakya FC head coach back to club football sooner or later.
Though a slim chance to go through the group stage as best runner-up, many the sport fans at Hawassa stadium expected a demolition over v Lesotho in front of strong home support. Free of a qualification nightmare, both Ethiopian best strikers Salhadin Said and Getaneh Kebede are available coming from a goal down to win 2-1 in front of a full house support appeared an impressive for the federation big bosses to put pen to paper to extend the much talked about contract extension to Gebremedin. A huge demolition was what was expected of him and his squad but it never came rather a nail biting narrow victory and still short of making the dream cup final as best runner-up. Togo got through in a goal difference at the cost of Waliyas and a frustrating one for the federation in search of some miracle to breathe some fresh air.
In conclusion the federation said no to a new contract for Gebre and decided to leave the hot seat vacant until the kick-off of World Cup qualification next year then may be a foreign head coach in place. Football fans as well many media out lets gave their opinion Waliya’s should have superior over the visitors both in playing football and in the score chart. “There appeared nothing new kicking out Yohannes before his contract expired and settle for hundreds of thousands Birr in settlement. We accused him for an away draw with Seychelles but here we won Lesotho in marginal score line. “I believe we need someone proven like the French wizard Claude Larua to bring real change in Ethiopian Football” remarked one big time former coach. “Hope this time the federation could take some time whom to appoint for the place,” he added.