Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Abraham Mebratu new Waliya-Ibex Boss

The former Finance Police, Ethiopia Bunna and Nyala FC head coach and  later assistant to Ethiopian national team, Abraham Mebratu has been appointed the latest Ethiopian national team head coach. Abraham who hardly meets the minimum requirements signed a two year contract agreement and will be paid a 125,000 Birr monthly salary.
Though the federation announced earlier that five candidates were on the short list: (Jimma AbaJIfar head coach Gebremedin Haile, Wubetu Abate, Mekelakya head coach Seyoum Kebede, Welwalo boss Tsegaye Kidane Mariam and Yamani Olympic team manager Abraham Mebratu,) sources disclosed that none of the applicants submitted their resumes. The Technical team led by Ato Sewnet Bishaw simply called for Seyoum who claimed being under contract while by passing Gebremedin and Tsegaye. With Seyoum claiming to be under contract, the committee voted 6 to 5 in favor while Wubetu became the second alternate.
With a CAF Instructor license under his belt and huge achievements in war torn Yemen football, Abraham has never played football even at the lowest level plus never served as coach for ten years on Premier or Super League teams. “Winning titles or serving long years as coach of Premier League teams is not worse parameters to appoint a national team coach,” Sewnet who navigated four teams in to relegation yet was appointed boss to Waliyas to steer them to the African nations Cup final after three decades told reporters in a press conference.
Abraham, who assumed the hot seat after nine months since Ashenafi Bekele’s resignation, takes over Ethiopia that kicked-off AFCON qualification campaign with a shocking 5-0 away defeat to Ghana and will face Sierra Leone in a month followed by a home and away double fixture against Kenya in November.