Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Mariano Jeronimo Barreto, Ethiopian national team coach for about a year now, has already boarded a plane to Portugal and our sources are telling us, he won’t be coming back as he has been fired from his post after a disastrous spell in Ethiopia’s dugout.
The Portuguese former Ghana manager arrived in April of 2014 with the intentions of building on the groundbreaking work started by his predecessor, Sewnet Bishaw. Under Sewnet, the Walyas raised their own bar to levels unseen of previously by this generation. Sewnet guided Ethiopia to the 2013 AFCON after a 31 year major international tournament drought and reached the final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was also in charge as Ethiopia successfully qualified for the 2014 CHAN tournament, their first showing in the competition. A poor showing in the latter competition as well as costly tactical blunders in previous outings meant that the newly elected Ethiopian football federation president Junedine Beshah would be looking abroad for an experienced manager who could take Ethiopian football to the next level.
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