Ethiopian soccer tournament fails to score with fans – By Alysia Patterson

July 4th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

WASHINGTON–The teams at this year’s African soccer tournament in Washington are playing to a nearly empty stadium. Ethiopian community groups are boycotting the annual event to protest the tournament’s funder, a member of the party in power in Ethiopia.

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WASHINGTON–The teams at this year’s African soccer tournament in Washington are playing to a nearly empty stadium. Ethiopian community groups are boycotting the annual event to protest the tournament’s funder, a member of the party in power in Ethiopia.

Watch the video here

  1. selam
    | #1

    Wow, this is really funny. Mahedre Gebreselassie and the manager were too funny. you are there becuase you love football? really? and you are free from any politics? really?

    those Ethiopians who let the empty stadium for the “kersam bandas”, really you have to be proud of yourself. History will remember this event.

    Can any one please post a video with longer duration and a wider view of what was happening?

    Thanks Abugida, good job.
    Death to TPLF and its inhuman supporters

  2. eliase
    | #2

    viva selam//////

  3. yikerbelen
    | #3

    look this banda woman. she doesn’t know even how to do lipstick. she did the whole her entire lip untill nose, and she said she doesn.t care about ethiopia and ethiopia’s ppl. we will find you at the end of the tunnel . do not forget what you said. all those banda like dawit agonafer and fassil abebe will be judged by history and we will take them to ethiopia’s court for their treasure against the wish of ethiopia’s ppl for freedom and democracy. Both these hodams sold their conscience for arab’s dollars , a dollars which is being snatched from the mouth of poor ethiopia’s ppl. Let ethiopia’s God yifaredachihu. you are banda .your country is at anedge of destruction, but you are dancing with arab’s mecernary behind the dollars. SHAME ON YOU BOTH. EREGETGNA NEGN HODAMCH NACHIHU. EGZABIHER YIFAREDACHIHU

  4. yikerbelen
    | #4

    This dekama woman should learn how do lip stick. she is very ugly

  5. getachew kebede
    | #5

    i would like to thank those brave ethiopians who boycoat these event, we are not collabrate with killers banda and child killer, any way soon or later you will held responsible what u have done to ur own nation. BANDA ALWAYS BANDA

  6. wENDATA
    | #6

    Our mother land is suffering from T.P.L.F poisen,we have to say enough is enough any body who has conaction or trying to work with the TPLF must be considerd as one of them and the enemy of ETHIOPIA.We have to get rid of them and put innocent Ethiopians who could do something for the poor peopel.Insted of taking money from weyane we can even open school evry year in evry parts of Ethiopia just by asking the ethiopians who come to enjoy evrey year to the tournament.Death to weyane victory to Ethiopia remember asseb is ours and will be for ever with the heroic ethiopians the AFARS the only thing is we have to irradicate the weyanes for good.God bless Ethiopia.

  7. TED
    | #7

    I on the other hand would like to thank those Ethiopians who showed up for the event and enjoyed both themselves and their families. In my opinion, the event was totally free from politics and only those who couldn’t make it politicize an event that brings so many Ethiopians together. It was so beautiful to see so many of Ethiopians in one place celebrating. ESNFA, please make the next one sooner than actually scheduled.

  8. aselefu
    | #8

    The 25 year anniversary was extremly successful. RFK stadium was home to the festivities. Never had so many ethiopians and ethiopia’s friends have been at one location as this event.
    Ethiopia’s enemies wanted to sabotage the evt, to no avail. Our east african brothers and sisters enjoyed the parties with controlled envy and admiration.
    It was a sport event with no political motives. The proceeds from thursdays admission fee was donated to Ethiopia.
    As always, shabians wasted no time trying to sabotage the event by spreading false rumors and trying to politicize the event.
    My point is, ethiopians know how to party and raise money to their country unlike shabias who hassel donations at weddings. and funerals.
    It was yet another happy event for ethiopia and a dire one for its enemies because ethipians are united as never before.

  9. tame’
    | #9

    Selam lehulachin,
    I am puzzeled when you guys beat-up this long time soccer loving Beautiful Habesha Women. you talk about her lipstick. soccer brought all Ethiopians together through ESFNA for 25 years where there is no political party did. Let the people do their will. It is a shame for that FERENGE reporter to be to say a failed soccer tournament. How about the 37,000 people on friday July 4? How about the traffic jam on East capital St for four hours straight? How about the FERENGE reporter to be lined-up for hour to get in to the Stadium on Friday? Let the People Judge your falls report. It is you progative to say what you want to say,but the job was done greatly by Ethiopian people. Abugida, Say hello to Elias from Ethiopian Review. Sorry Brothers keep intouch.

  10. Will ESFNA report to IRS?
    | #10

    ESFNA announced only 17,000 attended not 37,000
    this is to mislead IRS.

    IRS is watching ESFNA

  11. aselefu
    | #11

    So much hatred when ethiopians succeed. This is a sign that Ethiopians are heading towards the right direction.Sucess is when one comapres the following to the ethiopian event:
    How was the Egyptian soccer tournament this year? How was the Eritrean soccer tournament this year? How was the Somali soccer tournament this year?

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