Waliyas hire assistants, try for tough exhibition matches

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The Waliya’s newly appointed boss Ashenafi Bekele publicly announced his three deputies. Next week he is expected to pick his preliminary selections for the national team. The new head coach was a man of his word in ensuring that all of his deputies came through the ranks as footballers and coaches. With nearly 20 years between the wood works former Electric and Ethiopian national team goal keeper and the current goalie coach for Dedebit FC Tsegazeab Asgedom; former full back for Saint George and the National team, humble Zerihun Shengeta and former player and current head coach for Mekelakya Belete are the new assistants. All of them are said to be very qualified and should help the  Waliyas in their quest for the African nations cup final in 2019.

Ashenafi’s ambitious plan of having three international friendly matches with Uganda, Cameroon and South Africa appears to just be a pipe dream.

Uganda Cranes are said to have confirmed while the two others: defending African champions Cameroon and heavyweight South Africa are did not even bother to reply. Ashenafi should have known better. Ethiopian Football the last three decades has not been at the same level.

Ethiopia has never taken part in FIFA’s International Friendly Calendar, so trying to schedule a game with Cameroon and South Africa is quite ambitious. Nevertheless unofficial reports suggest games with Middle Eastern countries may be possible.