Tuesday, June 25, 2013

World Cup - Ethiopia sack senior official over qualifying gaffe

(Jun 24, 2013, (Addis Ababa))--The Ethiopian Football Federation sacked its general secretary on Monday after the African nation admitted fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier, a gaffe likely to cost the team three points. In a raucous meeting, Ethiopian football’s governing body voted to sack Ashenafi Ejigu but rejected the resignation offer by vice president Berhanu Kebede, who had previously been blamed by the body for the mix-up.

Some members of the football association and journalists at the meeting called for the whole management to be sacked. Sahilu Gebremariam, the federation's president, said he was likely to submit his own resignation in an upcoming election for seats in the body's executive committee."This was a massive blunder so we all should have resigned," he told Reuters. "But we have responsibilities ahead so we voted to stay until September."

Ethiopia's 2-1 win over South Africa in Addis Ababa on June 16 had given them an unassailable five-point lead in their group and place in the final phase of African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.But hours later, world governing body FIFA said it was investigating allegations Ethiopia had played suspended midfielder Minyahile Beyene against Botswana on June 8. Read more from Euro Sport »

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