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Heartbreak as Webetu Abate leaves Ethiopia coaching job

by Lesley Ngwa
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Coach Webetu Abate has left his role as head coach of the Walia Ibex of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) announced this Friday, April 14 that they had reached an agreement to discontinue their collaboration with the man that led them at the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon and Algeria respectively.

“End of a legendary journey….
THANK YOU for the MEMORIES! ❤️🇪🇹
EFF have confirmed that Head Coach Webetu Abate has left the 🇪🇹 National Team by “mutual agreement,” a confirmation message on the FA’s social media handles read.

The back-to-back AFCON 2023 qualifiers defeats against Guinea last month in Morocco marked the end of his stint at the helm.

Abate, a former defender spent two-and-a-half-year at the helm of his country’s flagship and secondary football teams, producing some sensational moments.

kick442.com understands the trainer who guided his nation to a 2-0 win against record African champions Egypt earlier in the current qualifier was uncomfortable with the feedback he had sometimes about his efforts to develop the game in his country.

He leaves a huge void that must be filled with the right person to give Ethiopia a chance of overtaking either Guinea or Egypt to reach next year’s AFCON tournament in Cote D’Ivoire.

Ethiopia are currently ranked third in their group with four points from their opening four matches.

They face Group leaders Egypt and bottom side Mozambique in the last two qualifier matches in September, hoping to have a good start to the post-Abate era and qualify for the finals of the tournament they won in 1962.

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