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  • Ethiopian Dagim Zinabu Becomes First Male to Receive World Trophy

    Dagim Zinabu Tekle was officially awarded the IOC Women and Sport World Trophy by the IOC President, Thomas Bach, Monday evening at a gala ceremony held at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    In 2011, the Ethiopian sports journalist founded the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme, dedicated to inspiring women and girls to be more active in sport and to pursue their goals and dreams.

    Over five years, the radio programme has invited 12,580 guests, including sports leaders, coaches, professionals and sportswomen engaged in local and international women’s sports activities. This has significantly raised awareness among the public of the achievements and success of these women.

    While receiving the award in Lausanne, Tekle stressed that it is not only the role of women to fight for women’s rights. “This trophy is not only for women. It is for both men and women who work towards gender equity. I feel blessed to receive this trophy today.”

    Broadcast three times a week, the Lisan Women’s Sport Radio Programme aims to prompt women and girls to be more active in sport, and serves to show that they can engage in sport just as much as their male counterparts. “I created this show because I realised that in Ethiopia, women have no voice, and they are not heard”, Tekle explained.

    He believes that it is particularly instrumental to show that sport can help prevent women’s abuse by creating awareness of traditional harmful practices as well as demonstrating and promoting women who have become successful through their participation in sport.

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  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Haile Gebrselassie

    Gebrselassie, Ethiopia‘s greatest distance runner, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

    The Best Marathon Runner Awards was held in Athens, Greece the birth place of the Marathon.

    Haile Gebrselassie comments: “I am very happy that AIMS and their members and sponsors have chosen to honour me in this way. I am looking forward to attending the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Dinner to spend a wonderful night with my friends in the marathon community in the home of the Marathon, Athens, Greece.”

    AIMS President Paco Borao comments: “We are honoured to be able to recognise the achievements of Haile Gebrselassie and his unrivalled contribution to the Marathon Movement and world sport. Haile’s success has been an inspiration to so many throughout Africa and around the world and his dedication is an example we can all follow.”

    He has been widely referred to as the greatest distance runner in history. AIMShas previously presented Haile with theAIMS World Athlete of the Year Award for three consecutive years; 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    Born in Assela, Ethiopia in 1973, Haile first gained international attention when he won the 5000m and 10,000m races at the World Junior Championships in Seoul, South Korea in 1992. He won two Olympic gold medals (both in the 10,000m) and won many marathons around the world. He also has an impressive collection of gold medals from indoor and outdoor World Championships in Athletics. Throughout his career he has set World Records at a variety of distances from two miles to the marathon.

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  • Saint George defeats Arba Minch Kenema 3-0 sport news

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The 2016/17 Ethiopian Premier League season kicked off here today with defending champions Kedus Giorgis (Saint George) defeating Arba Minch Kenema 3-0.

    The first week of the league will resume tomorrow with seven matches taking place in various cities of the country. Saint George scored their first goal through Abubacar Sani just 37 seconds into the first half and ace striker Saladin Said added a second in the 40th minute. 

    Veteran player Adane Girma headed the team’s third goal just two minutes before the end of regulation time. 

    The Ethiopian Premier League has been extended to 16 teams this year.

    Week 1:

    Saturday, November 12, 2016

    Addis Ababa: Saint George – Arba Minch Kenema 3-0

    Sunday, November 13, 2016

    Yergalema: Sidama Coffee vs Fasil Kenema

    Jimma: Jimma Coffee vs Ethio-electric

    Melka Kole: Woldiya Kenema vs Commercial Bank of Ethiopia

    Adama (Abebe Bikila Stadium): Adama Kenema vs Dire Dawa City

    Sodo: wolayta Dicha vs Mekelakeya

    Hawassa: Hawassa City vs Addis Ababa City


    Addis Ababa (National Stadium): Ethiopian Coffee vs Dedebit

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  • Ethiopian Premier League: Getaneh Kebede Hat-trick sees Dedebit beat Ethiopia Bunna

    The 2016/17 Ethiopian Premier League kicked off on Saturday and continued on Sunday with seven more remaining fixture played across the country. Dedebit and Premier League rookies Addis Ababa Ketema and Woldia pulled off a huge win in week 1st with Sidama Bunna, Adama Ketema and Wolaitta Dicha came out victorious. Jimma Aba Bunna held Ethio-Electric to a goalless draw.

    Dedebit thumped 10 men Ethiopia Bunna 3-0 in the week’s biggest encounter in Addis Ababa Stadium. In a tie that saw a number of yellow cards, a red card and the season’s first hat-trick the home side Bunna started off brightly as Nigerian Samuel Sanumi’s shot hitting the right bottom post in the 14th minute. Nonetheless, Bunna’s Beninese goalie received his marching order in the 15th minute after handling the ball outside the penalty area. Getaneh Kebede stepped up and struck a superb the resultant free kick to hand the Blues the lead.

    Ethiopia Bunna tried to push forward with a more attacking spirit, but all their goal attempts were squandered. Meanwhile, Dedebit were threating to double their lead through countless counter attacks.

    Getaneh yet again doubled the lead seven minutes after the recess when he heads home from close range. The Ethiopian international grabbed a hat-trick on his home return 12 minutes from time with a clinical finish as his goal tally against Bunna raises.


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  • Foreigners angling for Ethiopia coaching Role sport news

    By Bonface Osano

    A number of foreign managers are salivating for vacant Ethiopia national team coach job, sources at Ethiopian Football Federation told Soka25east.com. They include 61-year-old West German-born Peter Neururer, who has “openly” expressed desire for the role.

    Neururer has no experience coaching in Africa, and has only worked at club level, with stints at Hannover 96, FC Schalke 04, VFL Bochum among others.

    Immediate former Togo coach Tom Saintfiet who is currently in charge at Bangladesh is also “strongly”s eying the job. The 43-year-old is not new to Ethiopia having worked with them for six months in 2011 before leaving for Yanga SC in Tanzania.

    “The Walia Ibex” are without a coach since the sacking of Yohannes Sahle in May this year; Gebremethin Haile who took charge on interim basis has seen through his contract, which ended October 11.

    EFF will however delay the process of recruiting a new coach till next year (2017) to save cost, and incase CECAFA Senior Challenge will be staged later this year then Haile shall be engaged for the assignment.

    The federation’s official kitting partner “Errea” is also keen on the process as part of technical support agreement they signed. They are believed to prefer Italian manager.

    A new coach’s immediate work will be to assemble a squad to deliver Kenya 2018 CHAN qualification. 

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