– Ethiopa terminate national team coach yohannes sahile’s contract
– New coach yet to be disclosed
– The team faces an uphill task of qualifying for 2017 cup of nations
Ethiopa terminate national team coach yohannes sahile’s contract.
East African nation, Ethiopia, has terminated national football coach,Yohannes Sahle’scontract.
Yohannes’s contract was axed on Tuesday night due to the team’s underperformance in recent times.
Ethiopia failed to get past the group stage of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda earlier this year picking up just one point from three games.
The Ethiopian Football Federation president Juneydi Basha told BBC Sport that “the main reason for the decision was poor results at CHAN as well as in World Cup and African Cup of nations qualifying.”
Ethiopia failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA world cup after failing to edge out of the group stage.
They were knocked out by Congo, losing 6-4 on aggregate. It is also not certain that the team will qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon
More recently results against Algeria have left them with little chance of qualifying.
Firstly they lost 7-1 away in Algeria in March and then drew 3-3 at home with the same opponents in two consecutive qualifiers.
Ethiopia had led on three occasions in the second match but were unable to secure victory.
The poor performance of the Walyas has left them trailing by five points behind Algeria’s Desert Foxes in Group J with two matches to play.
In a statement, the Ethiopian Football Federation cited “unmet targets” for Sahile’s dismissal along with members of the federation’s technical committee.
The body said it has picked Sahile’s successor but would disclose his identity only in the “next few days” once terms had been agreed.
Sahile, an American of Ethiopian descent, is the third manager to be given his marching orders since Ethiopia came within two matches of a first-ever World Cup appearance in Brazil two years ago.
However, Ethiopia’s fortunes have since waned and the Walyas failed to qualify for last year’s Nations Cup after finishing bottom of the group with just one win.
Ethiopia’s next round of qualifying matches are against Lesotho and Seychelles in June and September, with table toppers Algeria needing a solitary point to ensure their progress to next year’s finals in Gabon.