EFF to accept national team coach resignation
The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) is set to officially bid farewell to Ashenafi Bekele, the national team coach, in the coming weeks after the coach tendered his resignation to the Federation. The coach has to present a six-month performance report to the EFF technical analysis committee in order to get a green light to leave the team.
Confirming the coach’s resignation, Junedin Basha, president of the EFF, told The Reporter that they are waiting for his report before approving his resignation.
Subsequent to Ashenafi’s departure, Zerihun Shengeta will be vested with the responsibility of managing the national team until a new coach is appointed.
Ashenafi, former Adama City FC coach, submitted his resignation letter to the Federation after the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualification matches which he failed to succeed in.
Ashenafi was named head coach of the Walias ten months back taking the baton from the then interim coach Gebremedhin Haile. However, under Ashenafi, the national team only won two matches out of the 13 participating in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, CHAN qualifiers, Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) tournament and some friendly games.
The win came from two fixtures against low-ranked teams Djibouti and South Sudan.
Despite the failures, Ashenafi had vowed to qualify to the AFCON, which proved to be a mere promise after the Walias lost to Ghana 5-0. Ashenafi blamed the goal keeper Abel Mammo for the defeat.
He also lost against Rwanda in the CHAN qualifiers even though he got rid of Abel replacing him with Lealem Berhanu. He also used Jemal Tassew on goal exchanging him with Lealem.
According to Junedin, the next coach of the national team will be appointed after the Federation’s presidential and executive committee election. The presidential and the executive committee elections are scheduled to be held in Semera, Afar Regional State on January 13, 2018.
Matches and results of the Walias under Ashenafi Bekele
2019 AFCON qualification
Ghana 5-0 Ethiopia
2018 CHAN qualification
Djibouti 1-5 Ethiopia
Ethiopia 1-1 Sudan
Sudan 1-0 Ethiopia
Ethiopia 2-3 Rwanda
Rwanda 0-0 Ethiopia
South Sudan 0-3 Ethiopia
Burundi 4-1 Ethiopia
Uganda 1-1 Ethiopia
Zambia 0-0 Ethiopia
Morocco 4-0 Ethiopia
Uganda 0-0 Ethiopia
Botswana 2-0 Ethiopia