Stars Orange Afcon 2013 : Saladin Said, the most celebrated symbol in Ethiopian football

SaladinSaidEthiopians are returning to the local football stadia after years of apathy that saw them switch to European and English Football League for consolation. Apart from  the world beating Ethiopian Athletes led by  Haile Gebrselassie  the name Saladin Said is regarded as the most celebrated symbol in Ethiopian football.

The Wadi Degla FC  forward has emerged as an instant household name and poster boy after his decisive goals in the two World Cup qualifiers. Said, 24, is Ethiopia’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 say’s many football players in Ethiopia are currently enjoying improved financial status as compared to their predecessors in the 1990’s. Despite Ethiopia falling narrowly  to feature in subsequent Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, Said say’s he does not regret any single day spend in the National team as he has so far achieved things he probably  would have not outside the National team

He believes football structures have greatly improved in his country and players are on a  positive path which is to raise the standard of the game. Read more


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