–Big Boss insists he was not sacked
The Ethiopia Football Federation have denied rumours that former Super Eagles coach,Stephen Keshi is on his way to taking over from current boss of the Waliya Antelopes,Mariano Baretto.
Reports in the Nigerian media was awash with news that Keshi is finalising a deal to become the new coach of the Ethiopian national football team.
Complete Sports checks with two journalists in Ethiopia reveal there are no truths in the reports.
First to comment in a facebook message was award-winning journalist,Elshaddai Negash who wondered where the reports came from when the Ethiopian football chief publicly passed a vote of confidence on the current boss,Baretto.
”At the moment, these are only rumours. EFF (Ethiopia Football Federation) just publicly backed Mariano Baretto after the away win in Mali and any likely changes are likely to happen after the last two qualifying matches. Hope this helps you,’wrote Negash.
Another journalist,Girmachew Kebede put the final nail on the rumour when he confirmed to Complete Sports that the Ethiopian FA boss has spoken on the matter.
”Hi…The Ethiopian Football federation president denied the romours today (Sunday October 19,2014).He had an interview with local aFM station,”wrote Kebede.
Meanwhile,Keshi has spoken out against reports that he was fired from his post as the national team mentor.
Shuaibu Amodu has since taken over the reins of the Super Eagles with the side sitting in third place in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group A, which is outside an automatic qualifying spot for the competition.
However, according to Keshi he was not dismissed as he did not have a contract with the Nigerian Football Federation after his initial deal expired after the World Cup.
“I am not happy with the way media people are reporting this to the public, because I don’t understand how you would fire someone that has no contract,” Keshi told SuperSport.
“My contract expired after the World Cup in Brazil, and I never made any effort for my contract to be renewed because of so many issues on the ground.
“I have accepted my fate, and I would move on with my life, but I want to make it clear that I was never sacked because I had no contract.”