Ethiopian Business Review

In a late Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, at Mesale Café, Bar, Restaurant and Lounge, a high-toned place around Bole Medhanealem in Addis Ababa, several people were watching a football game transmitted through the DSTV Super Sport channel. Emotions were high as the game transmitted live was between the defending champions Manchester United, a club that has huge fans in Ethiopia, and one of the strongest English Premier League (EPL) outfits Totenham Hotspur from the White Hart Lane. There were 15 LCD televisions at every corner and a big screen in the main lounge. Every seat including the hallway and the corners and even the inside of the balcony was full. Tables were overflowing with bottles of beers and soft drinks. A considerable number of men were also guzzling high alcoholic content liquors including whiskies. 

Sunday, 15 December 2013 15:00
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January 21st 1962 was the greatest day in Ethiopian football history. Ethiopia was able to win its first and last African Cup of Nations (AFCON), after beating United Arab Republic (Egypt) 4-2 in additional time, in one of the most entertaining games ever played in African football history. Ethiopian football legends like Mengistu Worku and Italo Vassalo quenched the trophy thirst of the spectators packed at the then Haile Selassie Stadium.    

Friday, 15 November 2013 06:00
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Michele Platini, president of UEFA, European football’s governing body, had been invited to dinner at the Elysee Palace by the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, several days before FIFA’s executive committee vote for Qatar, to host the 2022 world cup, in November 2010. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the then emir of Qatar, was also at the dinner, reads a French publication. Platini admitted to France Football that he had accepted Sarkozy’s invitation and had also voted for Qatar, but denied any agreements with the emir. This is how far the growing influence of the oil rich Middle Eastern country has reached. And it is using it aggressively to get what it wants including hosting the biggest sport event in the world, the FIFA world cup.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:36
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