Following the contract termination of interim national head coach Gebremedin Haile and his assistant Zelalem Shiferaw after five months service speculations started flying among football fans. Every team except Mekelakya has a head coach and the rumor is that Gebre will return to his old team for a second spell. “He might go back to Mekelakya but my instinct tells me he might take some rest until the start of the season then look for a job,” suggested one retired coach.
Two wins out of two: away to Seychelles and home against Gabon, Gebremedin appeared to earn his 80,000 Birr a month contract. However, many above all the Ethiopian Football Federation, were not satisfied with the narrow wins and lack of new faces on the squad. Therefore the federation opted for a wait and see approach until international games are played.
According to insiders the Federation is working hard to find a big spending investor to help appoint a foreign head coach. “The federation can’t afford a big name foreigner without sponsorship and that process is long and slow but already in action,” remarked a critic.
Nevertheless those critics believe that not having a coach until international fixtures are announced will harm Ethiopian football. “It is better to appoint someone even a home grown coach to follow-up on the players’ performance and upcoming talent so that whoever comes in later will have something to work with,” suggested a critic. Currently all three national teams: the senior, the U-21 and the U-17 sides are vacant.