Ethiopians at odds with Fifa

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has rejected a move by Fifa to reinstate the group's ousted president, calling the decision biased and one-sided.

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has rejected a move by Fifa to reinstate the group's ousted president, calling the decision biased and one-sided.

The EFF's general assembly fired former president Asheber Woldegiorgise in January for what they said was the "dismal' record of Ethiopian football.

On February 22 Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) released a road map to normalise the problems in the EFF.

The road map said that Asheber and his executive committee are the only leadership that Fifa and CAF would recognise but that an extraordinary meeting of the EFF should be held on 29 March.

The agenda of the meeting would simply be a "motion of dismissal" of the current executive committee.

According to the EFF statutes for this motion to be approved it would have to supported by two thirds of the valid votes cast by the official delegates.

"Fifa officials have taken a hasty decision before properly assessing the facts and documents submitted by us," the EFF said in a statement. "Their decision was biased and one-sided.

"We are now trying to develop a sustainable project that would enhance the standard of football in Ethiopia from the current dismal position to a high level, and we hoped Fifa would stand at our side." - BBC

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