Ethiopians are returning to the local football stadia after years of apathy that saw them switch to European and English Football League for consolation.Ã‚Â Apart fromÃ‚Â the world beating Ethiopian Athletes led byÃ‚Â HaileÃ‚Â GebrselassieÃ‚Â the name Saladin Said is regarded as the most celebrated symbol in Ethiopian football.
The Wadi Degla FCÃ‚Â forward has emerged as an instant household name and poster boy after his decisive goals in the two World Cup qualifiers. Said, 24, is EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top scorer this year with three goals from six qualifiers, including a 1-1 draw against South Africa in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match.
Said is however happy with football progress in Ethiopia.He sayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s many football players in Ethiopia are currently enjoying improved financial status as compared to their predecessors in the 1990Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. Despite Ethiopia falling narrowlyÃ‚Â to feature in subsequent Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, Said sayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s he does not regret any single day spend in the National team as he has so far achieved things he probablyÃ‚Â would have not outside the National team
He believes football structures have greatly improved in his country and players are on aÃ‚Â positive path which is to raise the standard of the game. Read more