Temesgen Dana head coach to U-17; Atnafu to U-20 national side

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In a hard to believe move from the Ethiopian Football Federation, Hawassa Youth Coach Temesgen Dana was appointed national U-17 new boss while Atnafu Abate was promoted to takeover U-20 National side.
What makes the summon unusual is EFF’s break of the tradition of appointing home grown coaches that usually use Addis Ababa Stadium as their second address. The new boss is from the South who steered the Hawassa U-17 side to a double championship trophy in 2016 followed by a U-20 championship trophy last season. “He rather deserves the U-20 position considering his latest achievement. Nevertheless it is good that they gave him the chance,” fellow youth team coach Dawit suggested. With the latest format of the qualification matches among zonal nations, Ethiopia has a good chance of returning back to the stage after two decades.
Coming ahead of former U-17 and Jimma AbaBuna coach Girma H/Yohannes in the selection process AtnafuAlemu took over the U-20 hot seat along with Adamu Numero the goal keeping coach. Despite complaints from a number of youth team coaches, the federation stood firm on its stand of appointing Atnafu to go ahead with the responsibility of preparing the squad for the preliminary qualification round showdown against Burundi in two weeks. “The chance should have gone to a coach dedicated to Youth Football who works on a U-20 team. Otherwise how can those coaches be inspired to waste their precious time over youth football,” suggested Dawit on Zami FM.