Ethiopia appoint Belgian coach, Tom Saintfiet

May 19, 2011

“The Saint”, as he was fondly called by media during his time in Namibia replaces England-born Iffy Onuora, who was sacked in April.

The 38-year-old Saintfiet has had an  interesting career, becoming Belgium’s youngest coach at age 24 and adding stints in Finland, Qatar, Faroe Islands, Germany and the Netherlands to his coaching experience.

His impressive record in charge of Namibia earned him a nod to coach Zimbabwe in 2010, but a deportation order due to a work visa refusal forced him to resign from his position. Even though he worked from across the border in Namibia, his selected side defeated Mozambique 3-1.

Saintfiet’s Ethiopia are third on their Afcon qualifying Group B table behind Guinea and Nigeria, but ahead of Madagascar.