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Swedish based footballer Walid Ata wants Ethiopia shirt
by Collins Okinyo
Swedish based Walid Ata has expressed his desire to play for his motherland Ethiopia after declining to play for Sweden at the senior level.
Walid’s Father comes from Adi Bara in Eritrea and his Mother from Haweza in North Ethiopia and both migrated to Sweden . Walid himself was born in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia in 1986.
Ata's professional career begun in early 2008 when he joined AIK in Stockholm Sweden. During his engagement with AIK (for 3 years) he gained a lot of experience in all aspects of professionalism as a football player
Eritrean asking to play for Ethiopia?
why are all these foreign players claiming they want to play for the national team when the national team is doing great things why didn’t they come out before all this, i don’t believe any foreign player should be aloud to play because the players on the team now have been their form the beginning and they brought the team and the country this far and they and they alone should be the ones to see things through
I think Ethiopia need hire this young man with handsome salary.His talent will help the Ethiopians
Yes, come on Walid, Ethiopia will welcome you with open arms. It’s going to be a historic decision for you to make, to live and play for your country which is one of the top, (few) fast growing countries on the planet.
As soon as the Ethiopian national team reached the doorstop of the World Cup, all these foreign based diaspora players decided they were Ethiopian.
Walid Atta, Fuad Ibrahim and Amin Askar all want to further their club careers and enhance their profile. By appearing at the FIFA World Cup and putting on a good show this can happen. None of them care about the Ethiopian shirt or the country’s football. When the team was struggling these players could have made a positive impact. But when Ethiopia was ranked 3rd behind Nigeria and Guinea and had little to know hope of making it to the 2012 African Cup, we didnt hear these guys ask for a Walya shirt. Where were they then? Were they not Ethiopian just under 2 years ago? Or did they recieve their Ethiopian passports the same day Bernard Parker smashed a header into his own goal? These guys don’t care about our game. If they did they would have came when we needed them most. Not when we are 1 step from glory.
Firstly all three of these guys have played youth international football for other countries. Amin Askar has play for the Norway youth team, Fuad for the USA, and Walid Atta for Sweden. All tried first to play for their respective countries main international football teams before failing to. Walid Atta never “declined” to play for Sweden, he just wasn’t good enough. Rather Sweden declined him a spot in their national team.
Next, our team has gotten to where it is not on individual talent, but on teamwork. One star from Europe wont change anything. It’s the team chemistry built in from years of working together training together facing each other from youth teams, to school tournaments, to Dedebit Giorgis Buna, and finally to the Walyas…..its this chemistry that has us outplaying teams like Nigeria. Throwing in one or two foreigners with 2-3 weeks to go to the big game may serve to disrupt the team spirit if anything else.
Finally, the team we have is simply good enough. Injuries and bad refereeing are what prevented us from winning the first leg, not a lack of star players. Our players are the ones who fought frim the bottom and reached our current respectable status. Not some foreigner. Not Walid, not Amin not Fuad.
God forbid we are eliminated from the World Cup, we have the CHAN tournament and then a new qualification campaign for the 2015 African Cup. Trying calling up Walid Atta Amin Askar and Fuad Ibrahim then. NONE of them will show up. They wont want to get involved in the struggle. Only the glory at the end of the day.
Anyways I am not too fond of having players in the national team representing Ethiopia in front of billions of viewers and not being able to sing the national anthem.
Thanks brother for ur wonderful support to ur lovely country. we all Ethiopians proud of u where u are now. Be safe and hopefully will see u soon joining Ethiopian team.
This is just the beginning for the next generation to raise Ethiopian to her greatness well done to you Walid.
I have the same Q. too
Eritrean asking to play for Ethiopia?
These young men can join the domestic teams like Buna, Dedebit, St George or Mekelakia and enrich the Ethiopian football. If they happen to be good enough to cohere with other football players in Ethiopia they can be part of the team. I think it is as simple as that. There are several competitions to take place in the future, and I am certain they will play an important role in elevating the Ethiopian football to a better stage. Football is a team work and a cohesion of the team is very important. Ethiopian football is not based on modern football philosophy and has not yet the institutional maturity which many modern football nations do have.
While being at it, I would like to comment few words about Ethiopian football in comparison to other football federations in Africa. To start with, the fact that our team has made it sofar is a great success and improvement for the Ethiopian football. However this progress is not the result of a systematic development of an institutional endeavour. All credit belongs to the current ensemble.
Our football players and their coaching team need to be congratulated. It is their individual effort and hard work that made us hope to take part in Brazil next year. However, the almost 90 million Ethiopian people deserve more. Don’t forget this team has been docked of 3 points and fined due to management error. There is an ongoing charge of using an unauthorised jersy for the qualification game against CAR.
With an African standard we have a stadium which is moe than 60 years old and has a capacity of only 30000 spectators ranking 75th, in Africa. The capacity of our stadium is even smaller than that of Somalias, according to Wikipedia.
Nigeria has more than 50 professional football clubs in their 1st and 2nd Division leagues, more than 15 stadiums with a capacity of 20000 and more. The biggest being with a capacity of 60000 all-seater stadium in Abuja. Nigeria has more than 150 football acadamies. There are hundreds of nigerian professional football stars scattered all over the world and earning their money abroad. Among them Emenike and Moses who made the difference in the Ethiopian previous two games, ie. In South Africa and in Addis. The former playing for Fernebache has a market value of 12 Mio Euros and the latter playing for Liverpool in English premier league with a market value of 15 Mio Euros. You can figure out how much market value the whole Ethiopian football team has.
These basic facts show that Nigeria is a giant in the African football. It is not a coincidence that all 5 teams will possibly be from West Africa representing the continent in Brazil next year. It is because football has been a culture in this part of Africa for the last several decades. While the East Africans have been busy on dealing with ethnic politics and ethnic fighting, the young men and women of the west have been working hard in the field of footbal to enable it to develop to the stage we witness today. We from the east have to learn more from the west Africans regarding football.
One should not forget, that Ethiopia has several enemies who are wishing and dreaming of its downfall and destitution. Seeing Ethiopia rising is a horn in their flesh(a bete noire) for many Eritreans, Somalians and many ethnocentric thinking Ethiopian polititians. The very mention of „Ethiopia“ annoys them. It is sad but true to see many so-called „Ethiopians“ wishing the downfall of the country just because a political party is in power which they do not want themselves to associate with. In spite of everything a bright future and prosperity to Ethiopia and its people.
It is a trick! Do not fall for it! I do not trust these Eritreans!
Thank you Walid for considering to play for your motherland-Ethiopia. Its always a great honor. Hope we will see you soon in the national team.
I am surprised to see some old farts here trying to insult Walid. Walid is Ethiopian and many of us, ethiopians, are proud of his success.
You are a bunch of Idiots. Why do you think the Nigerian or the Cameron team became what they are? That is because Cameroon went to the world cup and then all other west african players that plaied outside their country started showing interest. Why should they risk their lively hood by playing with some ideot club team in Ethiopia. That is their lively hood. If they come and play forign clubs will start recruting from Ethiopia and more Ethiopian will paly abroad and the soccer clubs in Ethiopia will be a minor league clubs for other professional clubs in Europe and else where. So, shut your idiot mouth and let all that wants to represent Ethiopia come and play as long as they have a legetment hairatage.
Sewenet, the coach will not let you play unless you change your name. This guy thinks own the country. He is narrow minded old guard.
I am wondering why we Ethiopian always think negative when someone is better than as and to be the part of successes. The comment I see from walia & lucy visitor is discouraging International players Like Gedion Zelalem and other. Here is what he wrote” our team has gotten to where it is not individual talent, but on teamwork.” Team work is better but talent is best. That is why we lost the match with Nigerians. Examples :When Adane Germa replace by oumer wukerie the Nigerian score the goal, why do you think that happen?, if we have a better player when we replace Adane Germa with international experience think will be different. We need a talent player to bit Nigeria team only dancing in the filled it does not take you anywhere. You sow it with Nigerian match. Ethiopian always needs excuse instead admitted the weakness we have. When someone is offers to help accept the help and see how the help will help you. Just don’t been negative that is how we are anyway. If we play next match with the same player we have I daunted going to Brazil. We need international experience player to go Brazil. Thank you for Amin Askar , Fuad and Walid Atta for been interested to play Walia.
Welcome aboard, Ata!
good point. Black players represent Europeans nations. What is the problem with a person with an Ethiopian mother plays for Ethiopia? Why has everything to be politicized? No wonder the society is backward in every way. Negative always. Deplorable.
HOLLY CRAP!!!!! The kind of vile comments on this site. We use a simple football article to express vindictive/venomous thoughts. The young man probably began to notice the Ethiopian team, as most of us do, after they started to make noise. What is wrong with expressing his interest? He might even contribute to the advancement of the team if he is qualified. Yes, the original guys who were a part of the qualification round deserve a chance, but who is to say we should overlook talent. How many times have we seen national teams call players out of retirement, who didn’t contribute in the original phase, to push them the extra mile remaining. Zidane in 2006? As for his nationality he is described as both Ethiopian and Eritrean. Is his father’s blood thicker than his mother’s? What about his personal choice to identify as he sees himself? This is 2013. But at the end of the night the decision rests on the Federation. And I hope they see what is best for the team rather than what is best for our altered ego.
Mowanbessa you said:
“Team work is better but talent is best. That is why we lost the match with Nigerians. Examples :When Adane Germa replace by oumer wukerie the Nigerian score the goal, why do you think that happen?, if we have a better player when we replace Adane Germa with international experience think will be different. We need a talent player to bit Nigeria team…”
Let me reiterate: NO. Talent is NOT better than team work. Believe me it isnt. If talent was the only way to compete in Africa our current team would never get to where it is. We would still be destroyed by every African side out there. Nigeria are a team full of English premier league, Serie A, Laliga stars. Talent, man for man they would wipe us out.
I tell you purely talent wise, we had a better national team about 10-15 years ago. Ask anyone who remembers the likes of Andargachew Tsige, Bayou Mulu, Yordanos Abay, Ashenafi Girma, Getu Teshome, Mulualem Regassa and Anwar Siraj. We also had stronger keepers, in Ali Redi, Tsegazab Asgedom and Tadewos Getachew. Skill wise these were some of the most talented players in our history. It’s this team that first won back to back East African Cups and took us to the 2001 youth world cup in Argentina (see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wQTEkeOgwY ).
But what was the problem with this team full of talented individuals? No chemistry, no understanding, poor federation management, constant changing of coaches, changing of playing system. Thats why that golden set of players never qualified for the AFCON. In the end, there was a group of individuals that couldnt play as one. And these individuals are nowhere near as talented as the individuals playing for Arsenal and Madrid.
The only way for 11 Wolves to kill 11 lions would be if the Wolves used their teamwork to attack in groups against the Lions who tend to be much more individualistic. We have to be wolves and attack as a team. Only then will we have a chance to prey on bigger foe. If a wolf individually took on a lion he’d be torn apart. So in order to not be torn apart by the lions, we need to ensure our 11 wolves are all united and intune.
We didnot lose to Nigeria cuz of lack of talent. We completely outplayed Nigeria. At one point the Nigerians had only 39% possession of the ball. Where was their talent then? Our team play was superior to their talent. Adane leaving the pitch for Omod was not a talent error, it was a tactics error but I dont think you understand football enough for me to explain how. We had a goal chopped off, and a penalty disallowed. These arent excuses, they are big influences in the 90 minute game.
Back to international players: we have tried enough of them already. Bundesliga players Michael Gebru and Lencho Skibba both got their chance. As did Fuad Ibrahim. I think the worst was Abraham Kassa, the American who played 10 minutes on his debut before being taken off. Unless they are of a superextraordinary calibur, we shouldnt gamble on these guys NOW. Another time? Sure. But not with 2-3 weeks to the biggest game in our footballing history. The hopes of a nation placed in those who dont even know if they belong to that nation? Remember, Fuad Ibrahim used to play as a kid in Minnesota for “free oromia fc” and used to celebrate with OLF flag when he scored goals. Most of these guys are done players who have no other choice but to turn to Ethiopia.
Gideon is another story however. He has the talent to play for the USA or Germany. If he sacrifices an assured spot on many major tournament rosters and abandons them in favour of Ethiopia…….that would be the uttermost heroism. He’s 16. When the qualifiers began, he was 14. He still needs time to decide. But if he’s ready to dedicate the rest of his international footballing life to struggling with Ethiopia when he can get a free ride with Germany, we will give him a hero’s welcome. I wouldnt play him in the Calabar fixture though.
To understand my points, you need to have a basic knowledge of recent Ethiopian football history and its transformation.
I dont think you do.
walid will bring a lot of international experience to our national team. walid wants to play for the motherland ETHIOPIA.
He should be given a chance.
All these african teams have international players playing in the EU and are going ahead of us. We were ahead of them in the old days, now they are ahead of us.
it would benefit our national team if some of our players get experience to play in EU and other places.
THANKS WALID. YOU REALIZED THE LAST TIME ETHIOPIA WON HAD 9 PLAYERS FROM ASMARA. SO, ETHIOPIA NEED YOU GUYS TO WIN THE WORLD CUP
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