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Ethiopia withdraw appointment of ex-Ghana coach Barreto, set sights on ex-Black Stars trainer Stevanovic

Published on: 08 April 2014
Goran Stevanovic left in the clear for Ethiopian job

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ethiopia have rescinded their decision to hand over the national team job to ex Ghana coach Mariano Barreto and are rather looking to give the job to Goran Stevanovic.

The Portuguese trainer was handed the job last week after emerging the undisputed choice of the Ethiopian FA from a five-man shortlist.

The EFF have however withdrawn the appointment – claiming their background checks with the Ghana FA left Barreto in bad standing for the post and will now be looking to hand the job to another former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic.

“As a federation before we settle on a coach we do our investigations and after talking to the Ghana FA we found out that Mariano Barreto is not the suitable candidate for the top job,” Ethiopian FA President Junedine Basha told SuperSport.

“The media was in a hurry to report on the appointment and yet we had not made a decision as the federation.

"In our pursuit to get the best coach we have settled on former Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic from Serbia but we have had problems of us communicating with the coach.

“We will send him an invitation today so that he can come to Ethiopia we discuss modalities of employment and also his salary.”

Barreto left his post as Ghana coach unceremoniously in the opening stages of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers in 2004.

It later appeared that the Portuguese trainer quit the Black Stars post to chase a more lucrative job in his homeland with CS Maritimo without informing officials of the Ghana FA.

This unprofessional act is suspected to be the reason behind the Ethiopian FA withdrew Barreto’s appointment after conferring with officials of the Ghana FA.


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  • Lord Denning says:
    April 08, 2014 01:00 pm
    Great job Ghana FA. EFF also did a good job by contacting the former employees. That's why it is important to create a good deed wherever you go. A bad deed may hunt you for a long time if not forever.
  • Lord Denning says:
    April 08, 2014 01:04 pm
    I mean former employer
  • selfmade says:
    April 08, 2014 12:31 pm
    If Africans wants to instil discipline and organization in their national team, Serbians are best for them esp for minnows or underdog countries! Yes a lot of African federations and former football stars preferred the French coaches becasus of their trains with respect to academies and youth talent development but I ll rather recommend Serbian coaches for most African countries!! My reasons are these.. Firstly, African countries mostly have the skills and talents already but what is missing from our game is lack of tactical discipline! Every player wants to attack becasus they love to play football but the Serbian coaches are very good in organizing a team with respect to defence! Their organizational abilities are exceptional and of course we all know how the Serbian we have had has influenced our game with respect to team organization but I still stand by my point that as a team develops into a world brand, a more proactive tactics is required! Nonetheless, I know that plavi ll bring more organizational structuring to the Ethiopian team than barreto! I watched the Ethiopian team for a couple of times and they have flair,skill and strong passing game but what they lack is tactical discipline and the Serbian ll be the right manager!
  • Monkey says:
    April 08, 2014 12:01 pm
    Who is this man?he didnt deserve to be coach,he didnt do shit with ghana,he is rediculus,he doesnt know to do his job!!