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Two EPL coaches sacked, one resigns

Following decisions made by their respective club boards, two Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) coaches were sacked over the past couple of weeks for poor performance. To the surprise of many, Wolaita Dicha’s long-serving coach Messay Teferi was sacked after nine years with the southern club. Electric’s Birhanu Bayu was also sacked while Dire Dawa City’s Zelalem Shiferaw (a.k.a. Mourinio) parted ways with his club upon his resignation.

Wolaita Dicha prevailed only once – at a week 8 EPL fixture – and is placed in the relegation zone with five points. Since Messay was appointed Wolaita coach in 2009, he has helped the club stay in the league and also win a spot at the 2018 CAF competition. A first for Wolaita, the club signed several foreign players under his watch.

“I was very honored to manage the club, and I learned a lot over the past nine years. I would like to express gratitude to the club management, fans and I wish the club all the best,” he said.

There is a rumor making the rounds that Messay will get a new appointment with Arba Minch City in the coming days. He is the only coach to stay for nine years with one club in EPL history.

Meanwhile, former Hawassa City, Adama City and Sidama Coffee coach Zelalem Shiferaw resigned from his managerial position with Dire Dawa City. Zelelem had submitted his resignation earlier on, and Dire Dawa City’s board has finally accepted his resignation. Zelalem took the helm at Dire Dawa City in the 2016/17 season, and this year signed various foreign players. But he only won one match out of eight games the club played.

The experienced manager had a successful stint with Sidama Coffee before he joined Dire Dawa City. Elsewhere, Electric side Birhanu Bayu also was one of the coaches who were under pressure only won one match until his resignation. Electric is a club that has been languishing at the relegation zone every season.  Thus, his resignation did not come as a surprise. It has been rumored that national team coach Ashenafi Bekele will replace Birhanu Bayu.