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Ethiopia Footballers finally receive prize money
By Samuel Yeshiwas
The Ethiopian football federation has finally given out the prize money it had promised to the players for qualifying to AFCON 2013. It was reported that the players had recently been on strike and stopped training in protest, but continued training on schedule after the federation agreed to hand out the money in a week’s time. The EFF admitted to the delay and acknowledged that the players’ question was fair and said that it was due to financial constraints that they couldn’t grant the money earlier. The federation stated that they were planning to give the incentive at the send-off ceremony before the team leaves for South Africa.
EFF recently signed a sponsorship contract worth 24 million birr with Bedele Beer, and as a precondition Bedele was required to deposit 6 million birr into the federations account. Thus they were able to secure the fund required for the reward.
The ceremony, which was held on Tuesday December 25th at the Addis Intercontinental, saw the players receiving the reward in a hierarchy of three orders. The players who actively participated in the qualifying stages were handed 100,000 birr each. Others who played in the majority of the Waliyas’ games took home a sum of 80,000. The rest of the team, including players who were on the bench for the entire qualifying campaign received 50,000. In addition, the players were awarded an extra 10,000 for each goal they scored. A total of 27 players were beneficiaries of the prize money.
Adane Girma was the highest paid player with 100,000 plus 30,000 for the three goals he scored. Getaneh Kebede and Siyoum Tesfaye each got 110,000. Star striker Saladin Said, who was in the 2nd set, received 80,000 and an extra 10,000 for that vital second goal against Sudan that secured Ethiopia a spot at the AFCON 2013.
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