Friday, October 3, 2014
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/03/2014 04:18:00 PM
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/03/2014 08:37:00 AM
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/03/2014 08:29:00 AM
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia has dropped its bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and will focus instead on the next available tournament in 2025, the president of the country's football federation said.
Junedin Basha said the East African country decided against running as the replacement for Libya after meeting with Confederation of African Football officials.
CAF wants a country with already-established facilities to step in at short notice for 2017 after Libya withdrew as host in August because of security and organizational concerns. Ethiopia's bid revolved around building new stadiums.
CAF executives "advised" Ethiopia to delay its bid, Junedin said.
Zimbabwe and Algeria say they have submitted formal bids to host the 2017 tournament, while other candidates could include Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Egypt. The deadline for bids to be lodged was Tuesday.
Morocco will stage the next 16-team African Cup in January and February. Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea have been named as hosts for 2019, 2021 and 2023 respectively.
CAF said it will name the 2017 host early next year.- See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/ethiopia-drops-bid-to-host-2017-african-cup-of-nations-1.1412793#sthash.kNc7gfxF.dpuf
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/03/2014 08:15:00 AM
By Yilma Bekele
The Bay Area that currently is home away from home for thousands of Ethiopians is nothing like any other place that I have known. I was born in a small village on the southern part of Ethiopia and have resided in Addis Abeba, Oregon and Seattle Washington before moving here. The Bay Area is unique. I thank the Gods and celebrate my luck whenever I have a chance.
The place where I originated from is not known for such movement of people from one location to another. As much as I remember the majority of the people I know were born, grew up and die within a few miles of their home. A trip to the next town a few miles away was talked about days from departure. My journey to America was definitely a mind boggling experience and by any stretch of the imagination not an understandable act by most of my family and neighbors for the period I came to America.
The same thing cannot be said today. As I drive to go to work every day the sight of elderly Ethiopian mothers and grandmothers walking down Telegraph avenue, gray haired grandfathers sitting outside Pete’s coffee, taxi drivers silent greetings from the next lane is always a welcome sight to start the day. It looks like no one is left at home. They are all here. They make me feel at home.
Of all the places I have lived it is the Bay Area that gives me a sense of belonging and the absence of that feeling of being stranger in a new land. This is so because this corner of the world is where the world comes to prove that American concept of ‘the melting pot’ phenomena. No one asks you ‘where are you from?’ in the Bay Area. There is a restaurant for every food type, a worship place for any religion, a market for all ethnic product and court appointed translator for any language of your choice.
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/03/2014 08:10:00 AM
Posted By: Nomonanoto Sidama | At: 10/03/2014 07:55:00 AM