Tom Saintfiet quits Ethiopia coaching job

The Belgian has decided to leave his job as Ethiopia coach and look for new challenges, citing issues with the Ethiopia Football Federation

Former Namibia and Zimbabwe coach Tom Saintfiet has stepped down from his post as Ethiopian national team coach on Friday, citing disagreements with the east African nation’s FA.

“Despite the many positives, some agreements were not honoured and that is the reason for the decision,” he said according to Reuters.

"I am now looking forward to a bigger task. A job and task where I can work in a professional set-up and with a team which can qualify for the tournaments.”

The Belgian took over the Walya Antelopes in June and guided them through three Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, including a fairly surprising 2-2 draw against the Nigerians that cost the Super Eagles dearly. Ethiopia’s only qualifying wins were two wins they registered against Madagascar.

The east Africans will now have to find a new coach before the preliminary stages of 2014 World Cup qualifying where they will face Somalia in a home and away playoff.