A Look Back At The Walyas In 2014, Part 2

By Zecharias Zelalem

Waliyas2014Barreto was heavily criticized for his sticking with the 4-3-3 style of play. But he remained adamant that it was his way or the high way. Preparing to host Mali, Barreto decided to shake things up even more. Another teenager in Dawa Hotessa was called up, while Amin Askar and Walid Atta joined the squad for the first time, although Amin Askar would ultimately not feature at all for the Walyas with the EFF appearing to have eventually pushed him out of national team contention in extremely murky circumstances. German born Ethiopian Coffee fullback David Beshah also received a call up to the national team, some two years after only just failing to make the 23 man squad for the 2013 AFCON.

Around this time, a mutiny of sorts took place, with the players reportedly turning on their manager. Just a week or so before the all important Mali game, Addis Hintsa, Adane Girma and Alula Girma were all dropped from the team. It is pretty evident the trio were axed for their role in the mini uprising. Others allude their falling out to Barreto’s decision making. Whatever the case, the trio haven’t been included in any Ethiopian national team squads since, and Adane Girma even admitted his international career may have ended on that note saying “I doubt I will ever play for the national team again.”

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