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Gedion agrees to a new £30,000-a-week contract with Arsenal


ARSENAL have tied down the future of their latest whizz-kid Gedion Zelalemafter the teenager agreed a new £30,000-a-week contract.

The size of the deal for the 17-year-old, who made his debut as a substitute in the FA Cup Fourth Round win over Coventry, reflects how highly he is rated by manager Arsene Wenger.

Zelalem, who is now contracted to 2017, was born after Wenger first joined Arsenal and is regarded as the club’s most promising youngster to emerge since Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal signed him in 2013 after a trial and Wenger has sought to fast-track Zelalem, who is wanted by three different countries.

He was born in Berlin and can play for Germany, the USA where he lived between the ages of 9 and 16 and Ethiopia where his parents are from.

Original article appeared in the Sunday Express

The former Walia Antelopes coach stepped on the toes of the government and paid for it with his job, despite taking Ethiopian football to unprecedented heights in three years


By Lolade Adewuyi

The Ethiopia Football Federation confirmed the sacking of Sewnet Bishaw at a press conference in Addis Ababa on Wednesday evening, claiming it needed to start a new era for the national team.

The 62-year-old is credited with leading a renaissance of the Walias who returned to the international football stage after 31 years of absence and almost qualified for their first World Cup last year.

A founding member of the Confederation of African Football, Ethiopia won the 1962 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, when the tournament was still a four-nation event. Then they disappeared from the international scene in 1982 only to return at South Africa 2013 where they played an eye-catching game with a strong midfield performance that troubled many sides, including defending champions Zambia and eventual winners Nigeria.

All this is put down to Sewnet’s work in his second spell as coach of the team. After taking over from Belgian Tom Saintfiet in 2011, the coach engineered the team into a stronger side that was more confident with the ball at their feet.

He tried to help them improve their stamina as well.

Salhadin reacts to Sewnet sacking


Ethiopia’s prolific striker Salhadin Said has reacted to the sacking of coach Sewnet Bishaw who was dismissed on Wednesday afternoon.

Salhadin, who was not aware of the sacking, learnt it from who informed him in a telephone conversation from his Egyptian base where he plies his trade for Wadi Degla.

“Ohh so Senwet has been sacked?” he posed?

“ I did not have this information and don’t want to comment on the dismissal, but what I can say is we now need a big coach, possibly from Europe, to help us in our future assignments.”

“Sewnet did well with the team but now that changes have been affected we as players have to abide with them. I feel it’s time to get a top coach with knowledge on how we can advance even further so that we do not relent on our form from last year,” Salhadin Said told

Salhadin has been in top form at Wadi Degla scoring crucial goals. He was one of the key players in Ethiopia’s quest to reach the World Cup that were thwarted after they lost both home and away to African champions Nigeria in the 2014 playoffs.

የኢትዮጵያ እግር ኳስ ፌደሬሽን አሰልጣኝ ሰውነት ቢሻውን አሰናበተ


የኢትዮጵያ እግር ኳስ ፌደሬሽን ዋልያዎቹን ከሁለት አመት በላይ ሲያሰለጥኑ የቆዩትን አሰልጣኝ ሰውነት ቢሻውን እና የብሔራዊ ቡድኑን የአሰልጣኞች ቡድን አባላትን ያሰናበተ መሆኑን አስታውቋል።

ፌደሬሽኑ ዛሬ ከስዓት በኋላ ካሳንቺስ በሚገኘው ጽ/ቤቱ በሰጠው መግለጫ ከአሰልጣኝ ሰውነት በተጨማሪ የብሔራዊ ቡድኑ የአሰልጣኞች ቡድን አባላት ከስራቸው መሰናበታቸውን የፌደሬሽኑ ፕሬዝዳንት አቶ ጁነዲን ባሻ ተናግረዋል።

በቀጣይ ለብሔራዊ ቡድኑ ከሀገር ውስጥ አልያም ከውጪ ብቁ ተወዳዳሪ ለመሆን የሚያስችሉ አሰልጣኞችን ለመቅጠር ጥረት ይደረጋል ብለዋል።

ብሄራዊ ቡድኑ በደቡብ አፍሪካ አስተናጋጅነት ከጥር 3 ጀምሮ ለ20 ቀናት በተካሄደው የቻን ውድድር ላይ ተሳትፎ በሶስቱም የምድብ ጨዋታዎች በሊቢያ ፣ በኮንጎ ዲሞክራቲክ ሪፐብሊክ እና በጋና የተሸነፈ ሲሆን ፥በአንፃሩ አንድም ግብ ማስቆጠር ሳይችል ከውድድሩ በግዜ መሰናበቱ ይታወሳል።

Residents make way for new stadium

The New Addis Ababa Stadium Design

The area between Bole Medhanialem and Imperial Hotel is being cleared to make way for the construction of a 60,000-seat stadium, estimated to cost 1.6 billion birr. Residents of the area, commonly known as “Chereqa sefer, have been relocated, as many houses had to be demolished for the construction. Many squatters have also been removed from the area.
Last year in June the Federal Sport Commission officially declared the winner of the new architectural design of the new stadium that it plans to build. The Winner of the design was reportedly JDAW and its engineers.
The stadium will be Ethiopia’s first that is up to FIFA’s standards and guidelines. Currently there are only two stadiums in Addis Ababa. The Addis Ababa Stadium which was built by Emperor Haile Selassie half a century ago. Another stadium, which has yet to be fully finished, is Abebe Bikila Stadium.
It was reported that the commission believes the old stadiums are preventing them from holding more football matches. In addition, the bigger stadium will generate more revenue, as is common for other nearby countries that have bigger stadiums.

Shimeles Bekele’s Al Mereikh set for Bayern munich friendly

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Sudan giants Al Mereikh are set to play Bundesliga defending champions Bayern Munich in an international friendly on January 9th in Doha ,Qatar

Al Mereikh’s president Gamal Alwali confirmed that the new development saying they had all plans had been finalised for the top of the bill friendly.

The friendly was made possible by Al Mereikh German coach Michael Kruger who has links with his teams from his home country.

“Yes i can confirm to you we will play an international friendly against Bayern Munich on January 9th in Doha.We are excited to have secured such an important match against a top team from Europe and we know it will go along way in meeting our objectives as a club ” said Alwali.

Eritrea’s Football Coach Omer Ahmed and Eight Players Defect to Kenya During Cecafa Cup


The coach of the Eritrean national football team Omer Ahmed and eight of his players have disappeared in Kenya in order to defect, IBTimes UK can exclusively report.

The defection follows last week’s disappearance of two members of the national team. The Red Sea Camels are in Kenya for the Cecafa Cup.

The players went into hiding in an undisclosed location in Kenya and are now seeking UNHR protection. “We are hiding because police from the Eritrean embassy are hunting us,” one unnamed player told IBTimes UK. “The reason why we are fleeing is obvious and doesn’t need to be repeated.”

It is not the first time players from the national squad have defected abroad. Last December, 17 players and the team doctor claimed asylum in Uganda. In 2009, a dozen members of the national team disappeared in Kenya.

“Our main concern is safety, that’s why we are seeking UN protection,” the player told IBTimes UK. “Once we are protected and safe, we can go to a democratic and safe country.”

ኢትዮጵያ የሴካፋ ሻምፒዮናን ከአስተናጋጇ ኬኒያ ጋር በምታደርገው ጨዋታ ትከፍታለች


በኬኒያ አስተናጋጅነት ከፊታችን ህዳር 18 እስከ ታህሳስ 3 ቀን 2006 ዓ.ም (Nov 27 – Dec 12) ድረስ በሚካሄደው የምስራቅ እና መካከለኛው አፍሪካ ሀገሮች ሻምፒዮና (ሴካፋ) ላይ የምትሳተፈው ኢትዮጵያ የብሄራዊ ቡድን ተጨዋቾቿን አሳወቀች።

የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቡድን ዋና አሰልጣኝ ሰውነት ቢሻው ለሻምፒዮናው አዳዲስ እና ለሁለት አመታት ያህል ሲካሄድ በቆየው የአለም ዋንጫ ማጣሪያ የብሄራዊ ቡድኑን ማሊያ ለብሰው ብዙም የመጫወት እድል ያላገኙ ተጨዋቾችን በመምረጥ ለሻምፒዮናው 20 ተጨዋቾችን ይዘው ዝግጅታቸውን ጀምረዋል።

በሴካፋው ሻምፒዮና ለኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቡድን የተመረጡት ተጨዋቾች፦

ግብ ጠባቂዎች፦ ቢንያም ተፈራ – መብራት ሃይል፣ ደረጀ አለሙ – ዳሽን ቢራ፣ ታሪክ ጌትነት – ደደቢት