Yidnekatchew Tessema

Yidnekatchew Tessema (Amharic: ይድነቃቸው ተሠማ; 11 September 1921 – 19 August 1987) was a footballer in Ethiopia.

Yidnekatchew Tessema
Personal information
Full name Yidnekatchew Tessema Eshete
Date of birth (1921-09-11)11 September 1921
Place of birth Jimma, Ethiopia
Date of death 19 August 1987(1987-08-19) (aged 65)
Place of death Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1935–1942 Saint-George SA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1958 Saint-George SA 365 (318)
National team
1947–1957 Ethiopia 15 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Soccer careerEdit

He played for his school for five years, for the first Ethiopian soccer team, the St. George Club for 27 years. He played 27 times in international competitions. During the racially segregated footballing of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, Yidnekachew translated the rules of soccer into Amharic language for the Native Sports Office.[1] The year following the end of the occupation, Yidnekachew led the establishment of an official sports federation.[which?][2]

Tessema was a founding member of the Confederation of African Football[3] (CAF) in the late 1950s. He served CAF as the deputy president between 1964 and 1972 and as the President between 1972 and 1987. He was also member of the African Sport Congress, International Olympics Committee,[4] FIFA and President of the African Olympics Committee.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paul Rambali (2008). Barefoot Runner. Profile Books. pp. 44–. ISBN 1-84668-653-9.
  2. ^ Paulos Milkias (2011). Ethiopia. ABC-CLIO. pp. 376–. ISBN 978-1-59884-257-9.
  3. ^ Xinhua News Bulletin. Xinhua News Agency, Hongkong Branch. 12 October 1985.
  4. ^ Haile Gabriel Dagne (1 January 2004). Das entwicklungspolitische Engagement der DDR in Äthiopien: eine Studie auf der Basis äthiopischer Quellen. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-3-8258-7519-0.

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