ADDIS ABEBA – The Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) has named former Coffee FC trainer, Wubetu Abate as the new coach for the national team.
Abate was appointed to the hot seat following the departure of Abraham Mebratu after his contract expired on August 6, and the EFF opted not to renew his contract which lasted two years.
EFF president Esayas Jira confirmed the new coach, who signed a two-year contract by stating on CAF Online: “Following the government’s approval on football activities resumption, we took only a few days to name a new coach. The technical committee proposed a list of coaches and our choice fell on Wubetu Abate.”
Speaking after being unveiled, Abate said as quoted by CAF Online: “I like challenges and enjoy them. I face many challenges in my coaching career. The higher the risk, the higher the reward. It was a dream for me to manage the Ethiopia national team”.
His immediate task is to qualify with Ethiopia to the 2021 African Cup of Nations and the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers final play-offs.
The new coach also had spells in Ethiopia with Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Hawassa Ketema, Fasil Kenema, and Sebeta Ketema.
But he is particularly famous for guiding Ethiopia Bunna to their first-ever – and last, to date – Ethiopian Premier League title in 2011, beating cross-city rivals Kidus Giorgis.