Ethiopia begin readmission bid – BBC

May 15th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia begin their bid for readmission to world football by holding a meeting that Fifa has been recommending should be held for more than a year. (more…)

Ethiopia begin their bid for readmission to world football by holding a meeting that Fifa has been recommending should be held for more than a year.

At Saturday’s meeting the Ethiopia Football Federation president Ashebir Woldegiorgis faces a ‘motion of dismissal.’

Fifa has told the BBC that the meeting is part of the roadmap it approved at its Executive Committee meeting on 20 March.

“The decision was taken by the government. They supported the (Fifa) roadmap, and it will be implemented on Saturday,” Ashebir said.

Under the plan, Ashebir will face immediate dismissal if two-thirds of an assembly vote against him.

However he will remain in his position until elections are held later this year if the count goes in his favour.

There will be a three-man delegation from football’s world governing body and the Confederation of African Football monitoring the vote of no confidence.

The next Fifa Executive Committee on the 30-31 May will then discuss the issue of the possible readmission of the Ethiopia Football Federation.

In July Fifa’s Emergency Committee suspended the EFF after it failed to comply with a roadmap agreed in February 2008 aimed at normalising the situation of the federation.

The EFF problems began in January 2008 when its general assembly fired the federation’s president Dr Ashebir.

The assembly decided to get rid of the president for what they said was the “dismal” record of Ethiopian football and elected Ahmed Yasin to replace him.

However, the January meeting was not recognised by Fifa, who have been trying to find a solution ever since.

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