The Horn Times Sport 18 February 2013
by Getahune Bekele-South Africa
After the black lions of Ethiopia with unique DNA for unique soccer left an indelible mark at Afcon 2013, the temperamental and at times violent goal poacher Fikru Tefera once again reminded Africa about the array of talent at the national team’s disposal by scoring a goal with lovely crisp strike for his new South African premiership club, Free State Stars against Africa’s biggest club Keizer Chiefs.
Such wonder goals are a rarity in the often dull South African premiership matches.
“What can I say, South African fans are entertained and I am delighted. It is a pleasure to see this kind of goal in our league. The future looks bright both for Fikru and the club.” Stars head coach Steve Kompela told super sport-4.
Sporting a new hair style and looking super-fit, the 1.87 meter tall conceited striker was a handful for one of Africa’s glamour clubs , defenders on Saturday afternoon before giving soccer lovers a goal to marvel at for a long time.
In the 49th minute of the second half Fikru Tefera collected the ball outside the 18 yard area beating 3 international defenders, then he coolly picked a spot and placed the ball beyond the reach of South Africa’s no-1 goal minder Itumeleng Kune who is playing his club football for Keizer chiefs in his home country.
And with that beautiful goal in the packed national stadium, Fikru has sent an SOS to Ethiopian national team gaffer Sewnet Bishaw that he is more than ready to fight for starting berth in the black lion’s upcoming crucial world cup qualifying matches.
With the madness of Wayne Rooney and a Mario Balotelli style temper, the only way to get the best out of Fikru is for the coaching staff to have a good man- management skill.
Remembering the inability of the likes of Getaneh Kebede and Shemeles Bekele to trouble opposing defenses at Afcon 2013, many Ethiopians regard the marauding Fikru as the missing piece of the puzzle.
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