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  • Kidus Giorgis VS Cote D' Or 2017 CAF Second Leg Qualifier

    DireTube #Merja 

    In a second leg game of the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League qualifying rounds Ethiopia’s St.George Club will play against Cote d’Or at the Addis Ababa Stadium Club on Sunday, February 2, 2017.

    The St.George club won the first leg against Cote d’ Or 2-0  with striker Saladin Said scoring twice.

    St George’s deputy coach is quoted in this DireTube #Mereja update as saying he will not allow the past win to lead to overconfidence and that the St.George team is working on making use of openings better.

    Alula Girma, Minyahel Teshome, and Ramkel Lok Alula Girma will not be part of the starting line up with Alula Girma in India for medical treatment

    The Cote d' Or team arrived on Thursday and were observed training in Awassa, on mostly defensive and offensive maneuvers.

    St George supporters plan on going to Awassa. The sports club is providing free bus transportation for its fans.

    The game will be overseen by Fifa's international referee Mahmood Ali Mahmood Ismail.

     

    See DireTube Before Game Video: Kidus Giorgis VS Cote D' Or 

     

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  • Kenyan runner sees challenge from Ethiopian in Lake Biwa marathon

    Kenya’s Vincent Kipruto on Thursday confirmed he will seek fast time as he competes in Japan at the Lake Biwa Marathon on March 5.
    With little hope of getting selection to the Kenyan team to the World Championships in London, Kipruto who is the Xiamen Marathon champion from China is ready to risk everything to improve on his personal best time.

    “It is hard to get into Kenyan team because there are so many runners who are vying for the positions available. But I hope if I continue doing well, I may soon get myself in the team and that is why I have to do well at Lake Biwa event,” Kipruto said.

    Indeed, alongside challenge from compatriot Ezekiel Kiptoo Chebii, there will be other danger looming especially from Ethiopia’s Endeshaw Negesse, who leads the entries for the marathon, which is ranked as an IAAF Gold Label race. Read more here

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  • Ethiopia’s Melaku Belachew dances for joy after smashing course record at Hong Kong Marathon

    “Last year was very bad,” laughed Bizuneh Melaku Belachew, one of the bedraggled thousands who took part in the 2016 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. “But I feel very good today!” As well he might. The Ethiopian danced a jig on the finish line after breaking the event record with a finishing time of two hours 10 minutes and 31 seconds.

    With it, he landed a cheque for US$65,000 (HK$504,000) – along with a bonus of US$5,000 (HK$38,000) for finishing under 2:12:00.
    And in perfect conditions, it was an Ethiopian double as

    Chala Gulume Tollesa took the women’s title in 2:33:39.
    Belachew battled to eighth place in 2016 when the race was held in a bitterly cold downpour. The contrast could not have been greater on and off the track as he dominated the field in perfect weather. Read more here

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  • Third round Dashen-Arsenal grassroots coaching concludes in Addis Ababa

    Press Release

    Third round Dashen-Arsenal grassroots coaching concludes in Addis Ababa

    Dashen Breweries/Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 10, 2017):- The third round of Dashen-Arsenal Grassroots Coaching session was successfully held in Addis Ababa from February 9 to 10.

    The two-day intensive theoretical and practical coaching training was concluded on Friday afternoon awarding certificates to the 32 Ethiopian grassroots coaches at a closing ceremony held in the presence of senior management of Dashen Breweries S.C. and Arsenal coaches.

    Head Coach of Arsenal Soccer Schools, Simon McManus, and colleague Carlan Edgar, who came to Ethiopia for the first time trained the Ethiopian coaches during the third round Dashen-Arsenal Grassroots Coaching Series.

    The participants of the training are drawn from grassroots football projects under Ethiopian premier league clubs the Ethiopian Football Federation, regional sports commissions and private grassroots projects.

    Mr. McManus who conceived and realized the Arsenal Grassroots Coaching programme, and Mr. Edgar, gave the theoretical and practical training at Beshale Hotel and the nearby Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) Football Club Training Pitch, in CMC area.

    In September, 2015, Dashen Breweries S.C and Arsenal Football Club announced a three-year partnership and Arsenal became the first Premier League side to secure a regional partnership in Ethiopia. This partnership focuses on supporting Dashen Breweries' community based initiatives with coaches from the club taking part in grassroots football development projects in Ethiopia.

    The first of the six-round Dashen-Arsenal Grassroots Coaching series was held in Bahirdar town in February, 2016 involving over 27 coaches drawn from around Ethiopia.

    Following the growing popularity of Dashen-Arsenal Grassroots Coaching, the number of participating coaches has reached 37 during the second round, which took place last May. Trainee coaches are expected to implement what they learn to practically be engaged in grassroots training as a key criteria to continue in the next level training.

    In this regard, the participants of the third round coaching session are expected to have immensely benefited from the vast coaching knowledge and experiences of the Arsenal Soccer Schools coaches.
    The training is designed by the Arsenal coaches and focuses on how to spur Grassroots Football Development in Ethiopia by nurturing children’s talent. The coaching series covers major topics such as elements that make up a young football player; qualities of a good coach; how to train young football players; receiving balls; moving in different directions; shooting; and possession, among others.

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  • Borussia Dortmund Sign Sweden Striker Alexander Isak from AIK

    In what has been a very anxious few months since he started to make headlines everywhere throughout the soccer/football world, young Eritrean-Swede Alexander Isak has finally inked a contract with Europe’s and probably one of the best clubs in the world Borussia Dortmund.

    BVB, as they are known by their logo are eight times German Champions. They also happen to be the 11th biggest team in the world based on stats from big accounting firms. Borussia also happen to be a publicly traded club in the German stock market.

    Just a few days ago a very reputable news source “Marca” from Spain reported that Alexander Isak was ready to sign with Real Madrid. While every detail indicated that he would sign with one of the top teams in the world, after careful consideration his family and consultants as well as his own feelings quickly changed.

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