by Collins Okinyo
Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex arrived safely in Brazil for a two week preparation tour ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where they are grouped with Malawi, Mali and Algeria.
The East Africans will play five friendly matches with local sides that include AC Anapolina Club Do Remo at the Arena Baenao Gama, Brasiliense at the Boca do Jacare stadium and the last friendly will be against Itubiara at the 30,000 seater JK stadium.
While in Brazil, the national team will stay at Hotel San Peter and will be training at one of the training centers that was used by the Brazilian national team during the World Cup.
Coach Mariano Barreto, his assistant Daniel Tsehai, team doctor Dr. Terefe Tafa, Physio Behailu Abera have landed in Brazil.
Jemal Tassew, Sesay Bancha, Ephrem Ashamo, Mesud Mohammed, Shemeles Tegegn, Andaregachew Yelake, Thok James, Abebaw Butako, Behanu Bogale, Mintesinot Adane, Akilu Ayanaw and Dawa Hottesa are some of the players already in Brazil.
Players leaving Addis Ababa on Saturday for Brazil include Minyahile Teshome, Asrat Megersa, Salahdin Bergecho, Shemelis Bekele, Fikru Teffera, Natnael Zelleke, Fitsum Gebremariam, Behailu Assefa, Adane Girma, Gathoch Panom, Fasil Tekalegne, assistant coach Haileselaise Georgis goal keeping coach and Yosef Tesfaye who is the team leader.
Teixeira who has 15 years’ experience working in football also helped organise last week’s Ethiopia Walia Ibex International friendly that they lost 1-0 to Angola away in Luanda. He has also organized more than 250 football events around the world the last one of which involved taking Italian Seria A team Hellas Verona to make a stage in Brazil.
“It has taken a lot of effort to organise the friendlies for Ethiopia in conjunction with the federation. I have catered for all the expenses while the federation will only pay for the tickets to and from Addis Ababa. I am trying to help Ethiopia under their new coach Mariano Barreto to meet their objective of once again qualifying for the 2015 Afcon in Morocco.”
Source: Super Sport