Ethiopia sack coach Bishaw (BBC)

February 5th, 2014 Print Print Email Email

The Ethiopia Football Federation has sacked head coach Sewnet Bishaw after a disastrous performance at the recent African Nations Championship in South Africa.

Ethiopia lost all three of their group games at the tournament for locally-based players and failed to score a single goal.

The EFF president Juniedin Basha told BBC Sport that the national team’s recent results do not match the nation’s current image.

“Sewnet is a hero for our football; he brought us back to the international scene, we recognise his success in the last two years but things must continue to grow,” he said.

“They don’t need to stay stuck somewhere.”

Bishaw led Ethiopia to a first Africa Cup of Nations in 31 years when they qualified for the finals in South Africa last year.
Under his guidance the team also did well in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as they reached the play-offs, losing 4-1 on aggregate to Nigeria for a place in Brazil.

But results in recent months have cost Bishaw his job.

“We lost both of the World Cup play-off mathces, we didn’t do well at the regional Cecafa Cup and the CHAN results were less of our expectations, they don’t fit a nation of 90 million people, ” Basha added.

The EFF are yet to name a replacement for Bishaw but there is a chance they could look at hiring a foreign coach for the Walya Antelopes.

“We’ll be looking for a good coach that can push us up to the next level and that could mean a foreign coach taking the post but local coaches are also being considered – what we need is some-one who can improve us,” Basha insisted.

  1. Assta B. Gettu
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    I have never been a sports fan in my entire life: I always escaped gym class when I was a student, and I gave a lot of excuses to my gym teacher for skipping my gym class; therefore, my views about the termination of Mr. Bishaw from his job by Mr. Basha should not be taken seriously.

    The report says the losses of three games by the Ethiopian players are the main causes for the firing of Mr. Bishaw from his job.

    Ethiopia lost Eritrea, Assab, and Massawa during the war, but the commander-in-chief of the war, Meles Zenawi, was not fired from his job until nature intervened later on and terminated him from the job he loved.

    In my view, Mr. Bishaw should not be fired but be given some training, moral support and bonuses for his hard work all theses two years. Such things are called incentives! I don’t think the EFF President has done enough to motivate Mr. Bishaw and his teams to win the games. To be fair, Mr. Bishaw should be reinstated to his coaching job with an assistant coach to help him do his job adequately and professionally.

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