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The 5-0 away defeat at the hands of four time African Champion Ghana shocked many sports fans. A five goal margin is a hard pill to swallow regardless of the type of match but for Ethiopian fans it’s not the score it’s the knowledge that Ethiopia’s football program has a long way to go to get even close to being competitive with its neighbors let alone the rest of the world. Ethiopia’s football is not up to the standard of neighboring Uganda let alone star studded Ghana.
Forget about the individual players based in European leagues and their coach a former Ghanaian international with abundant exposure throughout world football. Ghana soon will travel to the US for two international friendly matches against America and Mexico while no one is excited about playing Ethiopia in a friendly.
A poorly run football federation courtesy of leading officials with little or no experience in the sport, a stubborn and ignorant national team head coach bold enough to sit international striker Salhadin Said on the bench while fresh faces run around oblivious about what to do, a goal keeper from a team struggling to stay in the upper league, players being called late to training camp, a half hearted 45 minute international friendly match against Uganda, poor organization on the journey to Kumasi followed by dead silence from the media about the humiliating result are some of the major problems.
When Ashenafi boasted he had a strong side capable of not only qualifying to the Cup final but reaching the quarter final and assured the public he would return from Ghana with a point shows how ignorant about his adversary, Ghana he was. No one asked whether he has a good enough CV to lead the national team by example. Ashenafi has no guts to tell Salahadin or Shimeles or Oumed or Getaneh what to do when his experience as a player is no more than few years on the second division bench for Ethiopia NegedBank 30 years ago.
According to Media on Thursday morning Ashenafi broke his contract by giving an interview without the presence of the federation to say he was not feeling pressure from the federation. That is just to save his hide from what could be coming from the federation.
This is typical Ethiopian Football in detail. Let us focus on why our football is down to such a depth and why a nation with 100 million people and love for football fail to produce a strong league. Otherwise all the fuss about winning and losing is just window dressing for the chronic problem we all know but are happy to forget. Woku Ahmed