A total of 35 women have received their Caf C Licences as the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) looks to prioritise women’s football in the East African nation.

The move comes after research showed that women’s teams in Ethiopia were largely coached by men and women coaches were not up to speed with the requirements, hence the introduction of a platform for them to receive more education.

The women instructor coaches include Meseret Manni, Selamawit Zeraye and Meskerem Goshime Tadesse supported by Caf Elite men instructors including Abraham Mebratu and Sewenet Bishaw.

EFF Deputy Secretary General Meskerem Goshime Tadesse, a Fifa Master told that: “This will help us develop women’s football immensely. Women’s football development cannot be achieved without the involvement of women coaches.

“Currently, up to 90 per cent women’s teams coaches are men and this is not just here in our country but across the continent. We hope this course will change this and we shall see more women’s teams coached by experienced women coaches.

“Most of the participants are experienced former national team players currently coaching at different levels in Ethiopia.

“We hope this course will motivate other women to come to football. At this course, it is not just coaches we want to produce but we want to get women football administrators, managers and medical staff who know and understand the game.”

Manni, who has coached the Ethiopia women’s football team commonly known as Lucy, made history in 2015 when she became the first woman tactician to coach a men’s team – Dire Dawa Kenema in the Ethiopia Premier League.

According to Tadesse, it is important for Ethiopia to have more female coaches at the level of Manni and even in higher positions as well as across the board in different aspects of the game.

Currently, only three teams in the 20-team Ethiopia Women’s Premier League are coached by women with only one female assistant coach, a worrying statistic that Tadesse feels should improve with time.

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