fifa readmits Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA - New leaders have been elected for Ethiopia's soccer federation.

ADDIS ABABA - New leaders have been elected for Ethiopia's soccer federation.

"After organising an extraordinary general meeting under the guidance of Fifa and electing new leaders, we have been readmitted," the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) said yesterday.

Ethiopia was suspended from international competition last year after failing to reinstate Fifa-recognised federation leaders who were fired during an internal row.

As a result of the suspension, Ethiopia were kicked out of the qualifying competition for the 2010 World Cup after they had already played four games in African zone Group 8. The results of the matches were annulled. Fifa's executive committee voted at a meeting in May to lift the suspension, provided that the EFF organised and chaired an elective general assembly.

Fifa confirmed yesterday that it was satisfied with the election.

"The election took place last weekend and was observed by both Fifa and Caf (African Football Confederation), to both parties' satisfaction," said the world governing body. "Fifa support on a range of programmes will now be available once again to the EFF, and the topic of the elections will be discussed at September's Fifa executive committee." - Reuters

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