LOS ANGELES — On the morning of his first day of school, when he was 7, Abiy Ahmed heard his mother whispering into his ears. “‘You’re unique, my son,’” he recalled her saying. “You will end up in the palace. So when you go to school, bear in mind that one day you’ll be someone which will serve the nation.” With that preposterous prophesy for a boy growing up in a house without electricity in a tiny Ethiopian village, she kissed him on his head and sent him on his way. Mr. Abiy, now 42, not only ended up in the prime minister’s palace. He has also become the most closely watched leader in Africa: a man who says he wants to change his country from the inside out — and fast. After taking office in March, he officially ended two decades of hostilities with Ethiopia’s longtime rival and neighbor, Eritrea. Beyond that, he started loosening a tightly controlled state-run economy, pledged multiparty elections in a … [Read more...] about Can Ethiopia’s New Leader, a Political Insider, Change It From the Inside Out?
Sebastian Migne has called on Kenya fans to turn out in their droves when the Harambee Stars host Ethiopia in their fourth Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday, having taken a point from the Walias on Wednesday. Despite being outplayed for large swathes of their contest at the Bahir Dar Stadium, Kenya move up to four points and take charge of Group F as the race for the 2019 AFCON hots up. After three matches, Kenya top the pool, level on points with Ethiopia, and one ahead of Ghana and Sierra Leone, whose double-header has been cancelled amidst internal strife in the SLFA. Speaking after the Stars' draw, Kenya coach Migne has called on the home supporters to back the East Africans to the hilt at the 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre when the two sides clash again at the weekend. "I want to have a full stadium next Sunday," he told journalists after the match [as per Capital FM]. "I love to play in such an atmosphere. "Ethiopia did well, the fans were amazing and it's … [Read more...] about Migne calls on Kenya fans ahead of Ethiopia rematch
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The Ethiopian Football Federation will terminate national team coach Mariano Barreto's contract at the end of the month. The EFF said Barreto will leave by mutual agreement halfway through his two-year contract. EFF spokesman Wondimkun Alayou said the Portuguese coach hasn't made enough progress with the team and "was not worth the amount of money that he is being paid." He said Barreto is being paid $18,000 a month and will receive three months' salary as a severance payment. Before Barreto took over, Ethiopia qualified for the 2013 African Nations Cup and nearly made it to the 2014 World Cup. Under Baretto, they missed out on this year's African Cup, winning just one of six games in the main group stage in qualifying. The federation hasn't named a replacement but said it expects to appoint an Ethiopian coach. Qualifying for the 2017 African Cup in Gabon begins in June, with Ethiopia in a group with top-ranked African team Algeria, Lesotho and Seychelles. Only … [Read more...] about Ethiopia to terminate coach Mariano Barreto’s contract
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Ethiopia has dropped its bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and will focus instead on the next available tournament in 2025, the president of the country's football federation said. Junedin Basha said the East African country decided against running as the replacement for Libya after meeting with Confederation of African Football officials. CAF wants a country with already-established facilities to step in at short notice for 2017 after Libya withdrew as host in August because of security and organizational concerns. Ethiopia's bid revolved around building new stadiums. CAF executives "advised" Ethiopia to delay its bid, Junedin said. Zimbabwe and Algeria say they have submitted formal bids to host the 2017 tournament, while other candidates could include Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Egypt. The deadline for bids to be lodged was Tuesday. Morocco will stage the next 16-team African Cup in January and February. Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea have been … [Read more...] about Ethiopia drops bid for 2017 African Cup
ASOSA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Construction of a $4-billion dam at the heart of Ethiopia’s bid to become Africa’s biggest power exporter has been delayed five years as engineers had to replace shoddy work by a conglomerate pulled off the job last year, a project official said. FILE PHOTO: A view of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, announced in 2011, was designed to generate more than 6,000 megawatts in a region that struggles to produce enough energy, but has proved a lightning rod for tensions in both Ethiopia and Egypt. “We have removed some of the steelworks on bottom outlets and replaced them with new ones,” Belachew Kassa, the site coordinator and deputy head of the project, told Reuters during a trip to the dam last week. “We also readjusted and repaired some of … [Read more...] about Ethiopia dam official blames construction delays on conglomerate METEC