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Ex Ghana coaches Mariano Barreto and Goran Stevanovic lined up for Ethiopia job

Ex Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic

Ex Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic

By Ameenu Shardow

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Two former Ghana coaches Mariano Barreto and Goran Stevanovic are in the running to become coach of Ethiopia, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The Ethiopian Football Federatiomn (EFF) are in the hunt for a new coach following the dismissal of Sewnet Bishaw for the disastrous performance at the recent CHAN tournament in South Africa.

Baretto and Stevanovice – both ex Black Stars coaches – were named amongst a five-man shortlist from drawn from the 27 that applied for the job.

They will however be competing against Swedish Lars Olof Mattson, Italy’s DiegoGarzito and Zoran Filipovic from Portugal.

Both Stevanovic and Barreto are considered frontrunners for the job due to their work experience on the continent with their association with the mighty Black Stars team in the recent past.

Barreto, 57, started Ghana’s campaign to its maiden World Cup qualification in 2006.

The Portuguese however left the post unceremoniously after a famous 3-0 win over South Africa in the World Cup qualifiers back in 2004.

Goran Stevanovic on the other hand was lost his job as the coach of the Black Stars following a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

He was succeeded by his assistant Kwesi Appiah who managed to qualify the Black Stars to their third successive World Cup finals in June’s tournament in Brazil

The Ethiopian will announce the identity of their new coach on Saturday.

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