ESFNA falling apart


The Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) is falling apart in the face of leadership crisis and an impending boycott. The 28-year-old organization has been confronted with numerous problems during the past five years after it was hijacked by the ruling party in Ethiopia through its money man Al Amoudi. The problems include corruption, declining attendance at the annual events, lack of discipline, and poor management.

ESFNA’s problems surfaced in the media when the executive committee arbitrarily reversed the 27-member board’s decision last October to invite Judge Birtukan Mideksa as a guest of honor at the July 2011 event in Atlanta and refused to have an independent CPA audit the organization’s finances.

Recently, the finance head of ESFNA, Ato Abework Abay, resigned after pointing out financial mishandling and lack of transparency on the part of the chairman and other members of the executive committee. The new finance head, Ato Million Gebreyesus, and other members of the board have also questioned the competence of the chairman and the secretary in a recent confidential memo. Some have called on the resignation of the chairman, arguing that it would be impossible to hold the scheduled July 2011 event in Atlanta unless solutions are found urgently.

Meanwhile, Ethiopians in Atlanta are preparing to boycott the July 2011 event. Community leaders have warned the executive committee that unless the board’s decisions are implemented, they will advise members of the Ethiopian community to stay away from the event.

To make matters worse for the ESFNA, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel has canceled its $250,000 contract citing security problems that have occurred at last year’s event in San Jose where rooms had been vandalized and guests were harassed.

During the past five years, the ESFNA has become a source of embarrassment for the Ethiopian community in North America and a political tool for the Woyanne ruling junta. If there is any chance of salvaging ESFNA, the entire executive committee must resign and be replaced with competent individuals who are free of corruption and Woyanne connection.


55 comments on “ESFNA falling apart

  1. Shaka on

    ወገኖቼ ሆይ እነዚህ በስም ፌደሬሽን ተሰግስገው የሚገኙ የተሰባሰቡ ወንበዴዎች አንድም ወገን ወይም ኮምዩኒቲ የሚጠቅሙ እንዳይመስላችሁ፧ የተሰባሰቡት ገንዘብ ለመሰብሰብ ብቻ ነው። ለይምሰል የሚያዘጋጁበትን ከተማ ኮምዩኒቲ አዘጋጅ ይሉና በኮሚቴ እንዲሰሩ ለጊዜው ያደርጉአቸዋል፧ ከዚያም ሁሉን ነገር ካስተካከሉ በሁዋላ ከተማው ገብተው ኮሚቴውን አፍርሰው ከአሁን ወዲያ አንፈልጋችሁም እኛ እንሰራዋለን ብለው ራሳቸው የሚፈልጉትን ሁሉ ሌብነት ያካሂዳሉ። አንድም ለኮምዩኒቲው የሚያደርጉለት የገንዘብ ድጎማ ወይም እርዳታ እንኩዋን የለም። ወገኖቼ ሆይ ይህ ፌደሬሽን ወይም ከውስጡ በየጊዜው ተመራርጠው የሚሰሩ ወንድሞቻችን አንድም ለእውነት ላለንበት ህብረተሰብ በእውነት የሚያገለግል የፌደሬሽን ሰው የለም። እነዚህ በፌደሬሽን ተሰብእስበው የሚያወናብዱ ወንበዴዎች ወገናቸውን መቀማት እንጂ መርዳት የሚባል ሃሳቡም ወይም ህልሙ የላቸውም የሌቦች ድርጅት እንደሆነ ማንኛውም ኢትዮጵያዊ መረዳት ወይም ማወቅ ይገባዋል።
    የዚህን ጥሩ የድርጅት ስም ለማዳን ጠቅላላ አዲስ ግንባታ ያስፈልገዋል። ይህንንም ለማድረግ በሙሉ በአዲስ ሰዎች መቀየር ያስፈልጋል ማለት ነው። ለዚህም የአትላንታ ኮሚዩኒቲ ይህን ለመቀየር ከባድ ሃላፊነት አለባቸው፧ ይህን የሌቦች ድርጅት እንደሚቀይሩት አልጠራጠርም።

    በመጨረሻም አቶ ኤልያስ ክፍሌ ለዚህ አቁዋምዎ በጣም እናመሰግንዎታለን።

  2. Shaebia on

    The weyane Virus has stricken the once irrepressible ESFANA.
    the bug got to be identified & remedied or destroyed.

  3. Ethiopia on

    Thank you #48. I know Fasil since 1985. He is very open minded, loving and caring person. He loves his family to death. He doesn’t have hidden agenda. He is always up front. I know for fact he is a head of the majority Ethiopians. He is very Americanized but never forgets his Ethiopianess.Konwing Fasil,I don’t think all those garbage languages would bother him.
    What is sad is ER posted all this filthy languages.

  4. Anonymous on

    What I see here is that a name calling contest by those who do not have nothing better to do with their life. I know Feleke Teka personally he is one of the few people who used his time properly by going to school and educating him self to better his and his family’s life. As one you the bloggers stated that indeed Feleke Teka ia a CPA employed by one of the prestigious CPA firms in the world. Feleke earns better than most of this bloggers who have nothing better to do with their life. They need to concentrate on the real issue instead of writing about things they do not know.

  5. Anonymous on

    ESFNA should take responsiblities for being a corruputed ignorant organization. Every one who served as a borad memberes should take responsiblities. I hope IRS and FBI investgeate each individula who are related to ESFNA previous members too. Let us not forget at Gerema the lawyer in CA too. I have confidance in the american system soon that FBI and IRS will look at at EFSNA. Let us not blame woyanee for everything. ESFNA is all about money for few in the name of Ethiopian. ESFNA survived over 28 years because the majority of the people do not now how a tax empet non-profit should be run. DISSOLVE ESFNA AND START A CLEAN ONE.

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