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Ethiopia Coffee appoint new coach

Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) outfit Ethiopia Coffee named Serbian Kostadin Papic as their new coach for the coming two years. Papic will replace fellow Serbian Dragon Popadic, the club announced on its Facebook page Wednesday.

Ethiopia Coffee was seeking to appoint a new coach after 52-year-old Popadic began developing heart problems, leading to the appointment of a third Serbain coach in as many years.

Coffee and Popadic parted ways amicably following a physician’s advice that he would not be able to cope with the demands of the job.

The club was managed by assistant coach Gezahegn Ketema when Podadic began having health issues.  Coffee were finalists against four-time champions St. George in the 12th Addis Ababa City Cup competition this year. They lost 1-0. 

Ethiopia Coffee’s board has been dealing with the issue for a month and Papic became the third Serbian coach after Dragon Popadic and Nebosja Vucivevic. Kosta Papic, 57, has worked with a number of African clubs since 2004, managing clubs in South Africa, Ghana and Tunisia. Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Young Africa and Chippa Untied are South African sides Papic managed previously.

The new coach will have his debut league match week 3 against Defense on November 18, 2017 at Addis Ababa Stadium.