Addis Ababa City coach Seyoum Kebede has resigned from his position with the capital city club. Seyoum announced his resignation officially on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
He is the sixth Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) coach to tender his resignation. After losing 1-0 against Hawasa City on week 17, the capital city side coach resigned. Seyoum took the reins of the club at the start of the 2015/16 season. He joined the club from Yemeni side Wehda Sanaia – guiding them to second place in the Super League Group “B”.
Newcomers Addis Ababa City are in the relegation zone with two wins, four draws and 10 losses, with 10 points. Seyoum said the reason for his resignation was the lack of support from the club’s board to the team.
“We have tried to be competitive on the league and stay that way. But, the board members were not helpful as we had wanted them to be,” Seyoum told The Reporter. Seyoum had been given promises that his team would be stronger by recruiting foreign players.
“We had planned to recruit eight players; but managed to get only three players,” he said.
During the February EPL transfer window, Addis Ababa City signed two players from Ghana and one from Congo. As a player Seyoum used to play for St. George and the Ethiopian National Football Team.
In September 2003, Seyoum Kebede was appointed by the leaders of the federation as coach of the national team, replacing Asrat Haile, who left after Ethiopia’s elimination from the qualifying rounds of the 2004 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Former Ethiopian U-20 women’s national team and Addis Ababa women’s coach Asrat Abate was appointed immediately following the resignation of Seyoum. Tough work awaits Asrat to save Addis Ababa City from relegation.