Ethiopian soccer bosses axed
25 June 2013, 08:41
Addis Ababa - The Ethiopian Football Federation's entire executive
committee will step down in September, its president said Monday,
because of an error that led to the fielding of an ineligible player in a
qualifier which could cost the country a place at the World Cup.
Federation President Sahilu Gebremariam said the entire leadership, including himself, would not seek re-election in September.
"(We) don't wish to continue," Sahilu said.
the committee members did not all separately say they would be stepping
down, first Vice President Teka Asfaw said he also would stand down.
is investigating Ethiopia for fielding an ineligible player in the
World Cup qualifier in Botswana on June 8, which the Ethiopians won 2-1.
FIFA didn't name the player under suspicion, the federation has
admitted that Minyahile Beyene should not have played because he was
suspended for receiving two yellow cards in previous games, but
officials "forgot" about the suspension.
Following an emergency
meeting on Monday, Sahilu also said that the federation's secretary
general had been fired and a vice president in charge of the national
team had offered his resignation.
Ethiopia could forfeit the three
points it collected for beating Botswana if FIFA finds it guilty of
fielding an ineligible player, meaning it would not yet be guaranteed a
place in the final 10-team playoffs in Africa's qualifying competition.
which has never been to the World Cup, beat South Africa 2-1 in its
most recent qualifier and believed it had qualified for the playoffs
with that victory.
However, if FIFA deducts three points,
Ethiopia would only be two points ahead of South Africa in Group A ahead
of one more round of group games.
South Africa also reportedly
asked FIFA to dock Ethiopia a further three points because Minyahile
played again in their qualifier on June 16.
The City Press
newspaper in South Africa said Sunday that the South African Football
Association had sent two letters to the world body, asking it to
investigate Minyahile's participation in that game and an unconnected
alleged spitting incident involving South Africa midfielder Dean Furman.
Furman claimed on Twitter that an Ethiopian player had spat in his face.
"I've seen some things in the game but to be spat in the face by another player is the lowest of the low," Furman wrote.
is investigating Togo and Equatorial Guinea for also allegedly fielding
ineligible players in World Cup qualifying, meaning another two World
Cup qualifying groups in Africa could be thrown into chaos if the teams
are stripped of their victories and the points awarded to their
FIFA typically awards the opposition a 3-0 win if a
country is found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in a