Former Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has accussed FIFA, saying the the world football’s governing body made the Super Eagles qualify by awarding them lousy penalties.
The Ethiopean Antelopes lost to the Super Eagles during the their qualifying play-off 2-1 in Ethiopia and 0-2 in the return leg.
Bishaw however strongly believes that FIFA favoured the recent African Champions and didn’t want a small team like Ethiopia to be in Brazil.
Bishaw, who was relinquished of his duties with the Ethiopian national team said: “FIFA didn’t want us (Ethiopia) to qualify (for the World Cup) because who knows Ethiopian football and who wants us to qualify when we were playing against the current African Champions,” the coach told Football411 in an interview.
“We played our hearts out and we wanted to win and qualify for the World Cup but FIFA didn’t like that. They awarded penalties for them (Nigeria) which were never penalties, and these things happens because FIFA wants them to qualify for the World Cup.
“It was a shame for Ethiopian football because we fought from the (first) blast of the whistle to the end. For me, Nigeria didn’t deserve to qualify because they were aided by FIFA, which is not good for the game of football.”
The 62 year old Bishaw had earlier in 2005 coached the Ethiopian national team to success in the CECAFA Cup.And in 2011 he was reappointed for his second spell after the resignation of Belgian coach Tom saintfiet.