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Ethiopia soccer bosses to step down

By Sapa-AP | Jun 25, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

ADDIS ABABA - The Ethiopian Football Federation's entire executive committee will step down in September, its president said yesterday.

This because of an error that led to the fielding of an ineligible player in a qualifier which could cost the country a place at the World Cup. Federation president Sahilu Gebremariam said the entire leadership, including himself, would not seek re-election in September.

Fifa are investigating Ethiopia for fielding an ineligible player in the World Cup qualifier in Botswana on June 8, which the Ethiopians won 2-1. Although Fifa did not name the player under suspicion, the federation has admitted that Minyahile Beyene was an ineligible player.

Ethiopia could forfeit the three points they collected for beating Botswana if Fifa find them guilty, meaning they would not yet be guaranteed a place in the play-offs in Africa's qualifying competition.

Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 in their qualifier and believed it had qualified for the play-offs with that victory. However, if Fifa deduct three points, Ethiopia would only be two points ahead of SA in Group A ahead of one more round of group games. SA has also asked Fifa to dock Ethiopia a further three points because Minyahile played again in their qualifier on June 16.

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Thats Mzansi for sure, allways get in through the back door, but this time we needed some one like Dolezer to come and tell Parker that he is a cow and crimina!

Jun 25, 2013 8:14 | 0 replies

Only people who have pride in their country can be capable of such admirable actions. Here we lack accountability because we don't have a president, just thieves looting.

Jun 25, 2013 12:49 | 0 replies

in SA, after Pitso was fired for poor perfomance, he went to CCMA for unfair dismissal, as for SAFA FTF, they are yet to transform football,under their leadership, here is the following failures

1. 2008- exited the 1st round of Afcon
2. 2010 - failed to qualify for Afcon under Santana
3. 2010 - free tickte to WC2010, exited 1st round, 1st hosts to do so in history.
4. 2012 - Failed to qualify for Afcon under Pitso (with infamous dance)
5. 2013 - free ticket to Afcon, but barely made out of group stages
6. 2013 - failed to qualify for WC2014.

even after this major failures , ( not including COSAFA failures) SAFA EFT led by one Nemantandani, dont see anything wrong with the above....

Jun 25, 2013 11:35 | 0 replies

SAFA bosses should do the same right here at home too

Jun 25, 2013 10:24 | 0 replies

And in SA it does not matter how much you have fumbled they just give everybody a golden handshake (+/- R100 000 000)

Jun 25, 2013 10:23 | 0 replies

that only happens somewhere else, here in SA somebody must be pushed fighting n kicking for his blunders, ends up blamming media, pointing fingers etc. people must step-down bosssssss

Jun 25, 2013 10:2 | 0 replies

I wish some people in SA could trake note of this

Jun 25, 2013 10:1 | 0 replies

Why only in September? Kirsten and all the clowns at SAFA should also do the honourable thing! The standard of soccer in Mzansi has been in downward spiral for too long now.

Jun 25, 2013 9:57 | 0 replies

"The Ethiopian Football Federation's entire executive committee will step down in September"

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I like it. If it was these South African Fake Association (SAFA), it was going to be a different story.

Jun 25, 2013 8:30 | 0 replies

well said Madimetsha, only happen in Umzantsi and we celebrate for that. I tried to find the bigger picture Pitso was showing us until now I cannot cee it, may it was in his dreams.

Jun 25, 2013 2:4 | 0 replies