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Ethiopia's Tsegaye Adhne ends Keneya's 14-year winning streak at the Marathon Eindhoven

Ethiopian favourite Yemane Tsegay Adhane won a thrilling battle at the conclusion of the 2013 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven, crossing the line in 2:09:11 and ending a 14-year Kenyan winning streak in the Dutch city on Sunday (13).

Yemane Tsegay Adhane (Ethiopia) 2:09:11

Yemane Tsegay Adhane (Ethiopia) 2:09:11

Heavy rain meant that the course record of 2:05:46 was unlikely to be challenged this year but there were still three men were in contention for the honours with barely a kilometre to go.

The 28-year-old Tsegay Adhane, who can boast of a personal best of 2:04:48 when winning the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon, then surged as the trio entered the old market area in the centre of Eindhoven and shook off his younger compatriots Bazu Worku and Belay Assefa, who finished second and third in 2:09:19 and 2:09:31 respectively.

“I am happy for the win, but not so happy with the time. I said before that I wanted to run under the course record (set by Kenya’s Dickson Chumba in 2012) but it was not possible with this weather. I’m sorry, I wanted to do better,” said Tsegay Adhane, although no apology was necessary after his valiant performance after battling with the elements.

Sisay Lemma made it a quartet of Ethiopians in the top four as he came home fourth in 2:09:44.

The weather forecast had changed dramatically less than 24 hours before gun went in the Dutch city and the runners had to race in driving rain, a strong breeze and cooler conditions than expected, with the temperature just six degrees at the start.

A pack of 14 runners, including four pacemakers, went through 21km in 1:04.11, well off the 1:02:35 target time that had been discussed the day before at the technical meeting.

Shortly after the halfway point, runners started to steadily drop off the back of the leading group.

Six men – Tsegay Adhane, Worku, Lemma and Assefa, along with their Kenyan pacemakers Timothy Kiptoo and Sammy Kigen Korir – went 25km in 1:15:48.

Kiptoo was to drop out shortly afterwards but Kigen Korir carried on driving the pace with the four Ethiopians slipstreaming behind him as they went through 30km in 1:30:59.

At that point, a winning time just inside 2:08 was still on the cards but, as Kigen Korir started to drop back just before 32km although he stayed in the race to the finish, the Ethiopians then started to concentrate on racing each other rather than against the clock.

Lemma began to lose contact three kilometres before the finish as his fellow Ethiopians commenced their three-way duel, with Tsegay Adhane eventually triumphing in emphatic fashion to continue his streak of winning at least one Marathon every year since he started racing over the classic distance in 2008.

Tsegay Adhane, eighth at the IAAF World Championships in August, has now won six Marathons in 18 outings.

Kenya’s Ruth Wanjiru was a convincing winner of the women’s race in 2:34:48, winning by 51 seconds from local runner Andrea Deelstra.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in News, Articles, PR, Sport

 

Nigeria/ Ethiopia: … Now That We Know Ethiopia[By Paul Bassesy]

There is celebration in the land, celebration that was not seen in the first half. A first half that made a mess of all those stupendous predictions by overzealous fans who believed that Ethiopia will be meat for supper.

It was fun listening to radio and television programmes where Nigerians predicted two or three goals victories for The Super Eagles. Yes, why not? It was okay to be patriotic and optimistic, but reality was yesterday.

Reality was our defence working overtime and Enyeama being called to make breath taking saves.

Was it the white jersey? Don’t laugh. It seemed even the Ethiopians played on our psychology because their preferred yellow dominated jersey was substituted for green to deny us our top choice.

The first half was torture for Nigerians. Nothing that the Eagles did right. Yes, analysts have blamed the altitude, the weather, pressure and wind that worked against Nigeria. Did I see the Ethiopians going for water break?

Whatever it was, Ethiopia used the first half to earn respect and prove to us that they did not get to this stage by fluke. Ethiopia played as a team. They understood each other perfectly and strung passes that made our defence look amateurish.

That they recorded over 60 per cent possession in the first half was an indication of their control, so much that we started praying for a goaless draw, believing that perhaps when we get to Calabar we will finish it off.

The second half started like the first with the Ethiopians all over the place. It took Enyeama’s effort in the 55th to keep us alive.

Two minutes later, If the referee believed that the first incident against Nigeria had not crossed the line, his second assistant did not allow him to think twice about the second, ruling that Enyeama had plucked the cross from inside the goal post.

One goal down, panic!

Then came Emenike, that moving train, the tanker, the modern day Amokachi, African Nations Cup highest goalscorer who manufactured a goal from nothing with a stupendous shot in the 67th minute. That was the tonic the Eagles needed to prove that one on one they were the better team, even if on paper.

The same Emenike it was whose solo effort ended in a penalty call from Camerounian referee Alioum Neant. Now that we have seen Ethiopia, now that we know Ethiopia, we will certainly respect them come November 16. But I make bold to say that this same Ethiopian side can be slaughtered, if we play traditionally, like Cote Divoire, Ghana and Cameroun would have done.

The Ethiopians played like the English. European football if you ask me, a football that Mikel and Moses are used to, where the opposition has the ball and you allow him all the space to caress, dress, move into position, pass and take possession until they miscue and you take over.

If we crowd the Ethiopians in Calabar, power play them, bulldoze may not be the word, but there will be need to utilize our muscle against their frail nature and bombard them to submission, in which case we can score more than three goals.

Well that is the future for you. For the present, it is celebration galore. a 2-1 victory away is a great result, one that sees us one and a half leg in Brazil. We congratulate Keshi and his glory boys, we congratulate Nigerians for this great step.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in News, Articles, PR, Sport

 

Min Gizem Walya! Victory Song For Walyas [By Zelalem Kassaye ]

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Audio Videos, Sport

 

Ethiopia Will Not Be Easy For Nigeria — Nnamdi Obanya.

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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Audio Videos, Sport

 

Juneidin Basha appointed new Ethiopia FA president

By Betemariam Hailu BBC Sport, Addis Ababa

The Ethiopia Football Association has elected Juneidin Basha as its new president to replace Sahilu Gebrewold.

He beat three other candidates for the top football job in the East African nation, winning 55 of the 101 votes at Thursday’s General assembly.

Basha, a businessman, represented the eastern region of Dire Dawa.

He takes the job only three days before Ethiopia host Nigeria in Addis Ababa in the first leg of the sides’ 2014 World Cup play-off.

The return leg will take place in Calabar on 16 November, with the aggregate winners booking their place at next year’s tournament in Brazil.

Ethiopia are aiming to make it to the finals for the first time in their history

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in News, Articles, PR, Sport

 

Ethiopia Release Hit Squad for Eagles, Ask for More Bonus.

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ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL TEAM

Determined to cause a major upset in the 2014 World Cup qualifier, Ethiopia yesterday released a final 22-man squad for this weekend’s showdown against the Super Eagles in Addis Ababa on October 16.

The notable absentee from coach Sewnet Bishaw’s squad is striker Saladin Said who is injured.

The Ethiopians have been in a boisterous mood for the match against the African champions, who have also started camping for the first leg match holding at the 35, 000 capacity Addis Ababa Stadium.

Top on the list of the invited players for the Ethiopians is midfielder Menyahel Teshome, who scored the winning goal in their final group match against the CentralAfricaRepublic.

Teshome, who has been in a rich vein of form said recently that the Ethiopians were less concerned of the Eagles, who they believe would be easily beaten in the high altitude of Addis Ababa this weekend.

Coach Bishaw has already said that their game plan is to get a win at home and fight for a draw in Calabar.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers (4): Dereje Alemu, Jemal Tasew, Samson Assefa and Sisay Bancha.

Defenders (9): A. Butako, Aynalem Hailu, Birhanu Bogale, Degu Debebe, Elias Biadgelegn, Moges Tadesse, S. Bergecho, Siyoum Tesfaye and Toke James.

Midfielders (6): Adane Mentesenot, Asrat Megersa, Behailu Assefa, Fasika Asfaw, Medhane Tadesse, Menyahel Teshome.

Forwards (3): Adane Girma, Dawit Fekadu and Oumed Oukri.a

Bonus problem for Ethiopia

Ethiopia are unhappy with the win bonus approved for Sunday’s World Cup playoff against Nigeria, saying it cannot motivate them

Details of the bonus are still not known, but several of the players insist they deserve more.

“We deserve better than what the government has promised us. It seems we are not appreciated by our government,” said one of the disgruntled players.

For the 2013 AFCON in South Africa, the team were reportedly supported by the country’s richest man, Mohammed Al Amoudi. This comes at a time when the Walya Antelopes are sweating on the fitness of their star striker Getaneh Kebede.

Kebede, who has formed a superb strike force with Saladin Said, is nursing an ankle injury and was rested by his South African club Bidvest Wits this past weekend.

He is therefore a major doubt for Sunday’s showdown.

However, team spirit must have been lifted with the arrival of three of the country’s foreign-based stars. Addis Hintsa from Al Ahly Shendi in Sudan, Shemeles Bekele of Al Ittihad of Libya and Asrat Mergasa, who is based in Israel, have joined up with the rest of the squad.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in News, Articles, PR, Sport

 

Wallya's striker Gentaneh Kebede interview with Fisseha Tegegn

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2013 in Audio Videos, Sport