A former Orlando Pirates forward has taken his first job post his long-stretching career which took him to 15 clubs across three continents and seven countries.
Fikru Tefera Lemessa has linked up with Sebeta City in the Ethiopian Premier as he seeks to begin his coaching journey.
Fikru – who holds a UEFA C and CAF C license and is due to do his UEFA B license in Scotland this year has taken over as technical director at the struggling Ethiopian club.
"I came here to be the link between the coaches, players and management because the club is not in a good position," he tells KickOff.com.
"My job involves being at training to work with the coaches and players while also providing the bridge to the management of the club.
"The team has not started the season well, but we are confident that after a couple of wins we will go up the standings because the team in fourth is only seven points ahead of us," says Tefera.
Sebeta is coached by Zelalem ‘Mourinho’ Sheferaw.
The 36-year-old played for Pirates upon his arrival in South Africa in 2006 before moving on to do duty for SuperSport United, Highlands Park, Bidvest Wits, Milano United, Free State Stars, University of Pretoria while he also played for clubs in the Czech Republic, Finland, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Ethiopia.
As Abubeker Nasir Ahmed nears a possible move to the PSL, Fikru is amongst the few Ethiopians to ever play in South Africa along with Getaneh Kebede, Mohamed Ibrahim and Fisehayimer Begashew.