Addis Ababa - Ethiopia have named Portugal's Mariano Barreto
as coach, the head of the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) said on
Barreto, a former Ghana coach and assistant manager of
Dynamo Moscow, was given the job after the EFF failed to reach an agreement
with first choice Goran Stevanovic of Serbia.
"(Barreto) fits well in our plans. He has experience at
all levels," EFF chief Junedin Beshah told Reuters.
The 57-year old Barreto signed a two-year deal on Tuesday on
a salary of $18,000 a month.
"Our primary aim now is to qualify for Morocco,"
Junedin said, referring to next year's African Cup of Nations. "We need to
better our previous record."
Ethiopia - nicknamed the 'Walyas' after an antelope endemic
to the Horn of Africa country - were previously managed by Sewnet Bishaw, who
was sacked in February after a dismal run at this year's African Nations
Under Sewnet, however, the Walyas last year qualified for
the African Cup of Nations for the first time in three decades.
They also reached the final knockout round for a place at
this year's World Cup in Brazil in what would have been east Africa's
first-ever spot at the finals but they lost over two legs against regional
The draw for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers will take
place this month with Ethiopia among 21 countries with a bye to the group
The Walyas won their maiden African Cup of Nations in 1962
but have not lifted the trophy since.
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