(by Andegna.com) The newly appointed Ethiopia, aka, Walias interim-coach Gebremedhin Haile is optimistic about his ten-day old squad at rare chance of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) with two group matches remaining.
Ethiopia will play Lesotho in away on Sunday at Setsoto Stadium, Maseru followed by home play against Seychelles.
“I understand the rare chance to qualify for the continental cup and we don’t have to expect much but football is unpredicted at the same time,” said Gebremedhin.
The coach said now he is occupied on tactical discipline. “There should be no ambiguity while playing offensive or defensive games,” he noted.
Salhadin Seid who joined the coach at a press conference on Tuesday evening was assumed to take the ‘captaincy’ after long time of absence from the team by the new coach. However, due to an injury he has encountered during a friendly game with a local premier league club same day in the morning in Addis Ababa, he will not be able to travel with Walias to face Lesotho.
“The physicians told me that I shouldn’t play for fifteen days, at least,” said Salhadin.
Thus, asked about who will take the captaincy the coach said that Seyoum Tesfaye, if not Getaneh Kebede.
Ethiopian Football Federation’s official announcement on the appointment of Gebremedhin hold an “open contractual agreement”.Gebremedhin has been in charge of the Premier League’s Mekelakeya (Defense) FC.
The tactician’s five month interim deal to take Walias has sealed 80,000 Ethiopian Birr salary per month with extra incentives. Accordingly, the coach is allowed to look for other job after playing the two qualifying games which interprets the deal due on September as “an open”.
Image: Coach Gebremedhin and Striker Salhadin on Tuesday’s press conference