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Year in review: sports

Bad start for the Walias One of highlights of the 2016/17 football season in Ethiopia is the African Cup of Nation’s (AFCON) qualifier at which Ghana trashed the Ethiopian National Team (aka the Walias) 5-0 on the first leg of the qualifier. The Walias did rather poorly in the match compared to their performance previously.

Kenenisa to run Berlin Marathon

Long-distance record holder Kenenisa Bekeleis poised to join elite marathoners Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang at the Berlin Marathon on September 24.

Banker’s midfield signs for Albanian club

Banker’s midfield Binyam Belay, who recently has unsuccessful campaign trying out for the BundsLiga 2 side Dynamo Dresden, has officially signed a three-year contract for an Albanian based club Skenderbeu, the club confirmed this week. The player has secured a three-year contract with possibility of the continuation for another year.

Dedebit forward signs for Hawasa City

Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) side Dedebit has parted ways with its longtime forward Dawit Fikadu, who has signed for the Southern capital’s club Hawasa City this week. The blues forward will stay for one year contract with Hawasa City.

 Dawit, who had been in dispute with his club (Dedebit) the whole last season, has finally left the club after securing permission from the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF).

Team Ethiopia does well in London

The Ethiopian athletics team was in London for the 2017 IAAF Championships, at which another 203 nations were also participating. The championships, held August 4 to13, saw superb performance by Ethiopians, and revealed areas for further improvement as well.

Walias to play Falcons for CHAN qualifier

Ethiopian National Team (The Walias) are scheduled to face the Sudanese National Team (The Falcons) in third and final Total African Nation’s Championships (CHAN) qualifier game later today at El Obiden stadium to secure spot at CHAN 2018 to be held in Kenya.

Federation, pharmacy downplay doping allegation

Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) and Gishen Pharmacy downplayed a recent report by the British newspaper The Guardian entitled “Inside the doping hotspot of Ethiopia dodgy testing and EPO over the counter”which was based on its recent investigation that revealed “how easy it is to obtain doping products, uncovers disorganization at the Ethiopian anti-doping agency and catches leading athlete admitting to having taken performance-enhancing drugs”.