Former Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has launched a scathing attack on FIFA, claiming world footballâ€™s governing body conspired to see them miss out on a place at the 2014 World Cup.
The Walia Antelopes failed to secure a ticket to this yearâ€™s Brazil showpiece after losing their qualifying play-off against Nigeria, with the Super Eagles winning 2-1 in Ethiopia before securing a 2-0 victory at home in the return leg.
But Bishaw, who was relinquished of his duties with the Ethiopian national team following their failure to qualify, believes FIFA played a huge role in the sideâ€™s shortcomings, accusing them of â€œbringing the game into disreputeâ€.
â€œFIFA didnâ€™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,â€ the coach told Football411 in an interview.
â€œWe played our hearts out and we wanted to win and qualify for the World Cup but FIFA didnâ€™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.
â€œIt was a shame for Ethiopian football because we fought from the (first) blast of the whistle to the end. For me, Nigeria didnâ€™t deserve to qualify because they were aided by FIFA, which is not good for the game of football.â€