Bayern Munich opens a football school in Addis Ababa

Officials of FC Bayern Munich pose with their counterparts from the Ethiopian Football Federation at the announcement of the opening of the FC Bayern Football School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Bayern Munich

German football club Bayern Munich announced the opening of a football academy in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The academy, named FC Bayern Football School, is as a result of a partnership with the Ethiopian Football Federation.

FC Bayern says the partnership also includes exchange of experience and a regular presence of youth coaches from FC Bayern to train local players and coaches in Addis Ababa.

An under-17 tournament featuring eight clubs from the Addis Ababa Football Federation is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

Ethiopia is the first country in Africa where FC Bayern has established a football academy.

The current German champions have five other countries where it has football academies. These are in the United States, China, Thailand, Japan and Singapore.