News in Brief – May 13

Wolwalo Adigrat University Fined

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) Disciplinary Committee have a ruling over the Wolwalo Adigrat University team leader and players who were guilty of instigating violence in the pitch and an attck of match referee when their side played Mekelakeya in round 22 of the Ethiopian Premier League tie in Addis Ababa. The former Wolwalo team leader Maru Gebertsadick got a lifetime ban from football and 20,000 birr fine while Bereket Amare, Alemneh Girma, Asari Almehdi, Manaye Fantu, Bereket Tessema and Afewerk Hailu are suspended for 6 months and ordered to pay 10,000 birr. Midfielder Walelegn Gebere is banned for 2 years and ordered to pay 15,000 birr. The DC has also slapped Wolwalo 250,000 birr fine.

Appeal Committee

The EFF have formed new Appeal Committee days after disbanding the former committee. The Federation citied lack of consistency and reversing of decisions made by the Disciplinary Committee that created further problems for disbanding the previous Appeal Committee. The Appeal Committee usually gets heavy criticism for reversing decisions.

Match Referee Iyassu Fente

Attacked match referee Iyassu Fente told Soccer Ethiopia that he is not convinced by the ruling of the DC over Wolwalo Adigrat University. “I was expecting a lifelong ban on the players who were instigating violence against me,” said Iyassu who was beaten while handling the Mekelakeya vs Wolwalo encounter.

Belete Seife

Kaldis Coffee striker Belete Seife is no more. The former Kidus Giorgis youth team, Jimma Ketema, Addis Ababa Police and Addis Ababa Ketema forward collapsed while on training in May 9 at Alemazye Field around Qera. He was rushed to Amen Hospital but pronounced dead two days later on Friday, May 11. Belete had a stroke. His body laid to rest on Saturday.

Wondwesen Geremew

Wolaitta Dicha have banished goalie Wondwesen Geremew following a training session brawl last week. The goalkeeper was forced to leave camp and returned to Addis Ababa after failing out with the team leader and teammate Bezabeh Meleyo. The training field confrontation prompted the Sodo based club to ship out Wondwesen, who was very instrumental for the club’s fairytale run in the Confederations Cup. Dicha suspended Wondwesen for 1 year.

Ethiopian Premier League

The Ethiopian Premier League returns on Monday, May 14, with remaining fixtures from the last rounds. Reigning champions Kidus Giorgis hosts relegation battlers Ethio-Electric while Adama Ketema and Wolaitta Dicha lock horns in Adama. The second half between Wolwalo Adigrat University and Mekele Ketema which is scheduled to take place at Shire will no longer go ahead as planned. Fans mayhem in Adigrat induced the duel to get aborted at half interval as Wolwalo were leafing 1-0. Week 23 of the topflight will continue on May 23.


The Ethiopian Women national team will jet out of the country to Kigali on the coming Thursday to take part on the CECAFA Women Championship. The Rwandan Football Federation (FERWA) and CECAFA officials had a meeting earlier today regarding the competition that was postponed due to lack of funds. The outcome of the meeting is still unknown.

Coach Seyoum Abate

Renowned coach Seyoum Abate is expected to travel to Bangkok, Thailand for better treatment. Coach Seyoum’s health deteriorated in the last couple of months as he was admitted to hospital. The coach’s colleague and close friend Asrat Haile thanked all the institutions, clubs and individuals who aided them with financing the treatment. Asrat noted that more support is needed for the veteran manager.

Bobin Zirintusa

Ethiopia Bunna and Ugandan midfielder Bobin Zirintusa parted company. The striker joined Bunna from Zambian side Buildcon but failed to make any appearance in the league. Zirintusa was also released from Buildcon and later on got the same fate at Bunna for failing to impress the Addis Ababa giants. French coach Didier Gomes attended the Total CAF Confederations Cup Group D game between Rwandan side Rayon Sport and Kenyan champions Gor Mahia. It is believed that Gomes, who previously handled Rayon, scouted three players from the Kigali side likewise the unnamed players are expected to join Ethiopia Bunna next season.