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.