He celebrated the title with the French. He wears the legendary cap at the World Cup – World Cup in football 2022 – Football – Sport

Some laugh that Bob Marley is sitting in the audience. However, the famous Jamaican musician would have to rise from the grave… He might also remind someone of the hero from our youth, Sandokana. Ethiopian journalist Girum Seifu hides behind his exotic appearance, clothes and behavior.


Sports achievements make you happy. They unite people, that is very important, says Girum Seifu.

Many stop him, take a photo with him, exchange two or three sentences. He attracts attention and is also popular, at least in his home country.

He admires Abebe Bikila
He has long black hair, a charming look, a peculiar way of expressing himself. However, Girum is also a pleasant companion.

At first glance, the knitted cap on his head catches your eye. It was thanks to her that he became famous. Four years ago, he found himself on the field in Moscow after the final match of the World Cup and celebrated the title with the French directly on the pitch.

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In the euphoria that reigned, Benjamin Mendy, defender of Manchester City, gave him a cap. Since then, for Girum, this clothing accessory has become a talisman, a part of his image.

“Mendy is from Senegal and the national colors of his country are on the cap. They are similar on the flag of Cameroon. In Russia I was at my first World Cup and I was lucky to get close to the World Champions right after the final. Photos from these celebrations became known, our media published them, there was a big report on television,” explains Girum.

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He works in Addis Admass Newspaper, he has been a sports journalist for twenty years. He is dedicated to football and especially athletics. “Football is extremely popular in our country and athletics is extremely successful. The whole world knows our excellent runners. The national hero is Abebe Bikila, and for me he is the greatest athlete. He will remain in our hearts forever.”

Bikila was the first Ethiopian to win Olympic gold, in Rome 1960 he won the marathon, running barefoot. Four years later, he defended his triumph in Tokyo, which no one had managed until then. “Of course, we had and still have other great runners, I will mention at least Haile Gebrselassie, who also won two Olympic gold medals – in the 10,000-meter run,” recalls Girum.

Fingers crossed for Senegal
He emphasizes that life is not easy for many people in Ethiopia. “Sporting achievements make them happy. They unite people, that’s very important,” continues Girum.

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There are five Ethiopian journalists working in Qatar, although their representatives have never competed in the championship until now. However, they have qualified for the African Cup of Nations several times, and in the past they have also had success there. In 1962, they were its hosts and won the title. However, Girum was not born yet. He is 45 years old.

In the fight for Qatar, Ethiopia advanced from the first round, but was then skipped in the group by Ghana and South Africa. “We would all like our representatives to present themselves at the World Championship, but it is very difficult in the strong competition of other teams. Who knows, maybe we will succeed in four years,” he says.

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In Qatar, he would like the success of the African country, which would confirm the rise of football on the continent. He was a little disappointed by the opening loss of Senegal, last year’s finalist of the Africa Cup, he could not manage the end of Monday’s match against the Netherlands.

“I trust Senegal the most out of the African countries, I have my fingers crossed for it. With good development, he could go far, maybe even to the semi-finals. However, there will be other candidates for the title, I favored Argentina, I am curious how they will cope with Tuesday’s unexpected loss,” concluded the Ethiopian journalist.

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Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by futbal.pravda.sk.

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