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SportRace to the title heats up as 1 point separates top 4

Race to the title heats up as 1 point separates top 4

Week seven of Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) showdown will be held in various Ethiopian stadiums across the country. League leaders Saint George will entertain south side club Wolaitta Dicha on home turf while Adama City will play against Hawassa City in Hawassa Stadium and Dedebit will face Addis Ababa City at the national stadium.

The 2016/17 EPL season is becoming tighter by the week as clubs keep on sharing points. After losing 2-1 to Fasil City, the Horsemen settled for a draw against Sidama Coffee at Yirgalem Stadium in last week’s fixture. Sidama Coffee displayed an outstanding performance in the second half but it was not easy for the southern side to grab all three points.

Saint George missed a lot of goal-scoring opportunities in the opening 10 minutes with Saladin Said squandering most of those chances. Sidama Coffee’s Addis Giday and former Saint George striker Bereket Addisu were the ones who were mounting pressure on the defending champions. The draw left Saint George on top with 11 points and Sidama fourth with 10.

The other title contender, Adama City, hosted Woldia City at the Adama Abebe Bikila Stadium. Sisay Toli’s sixth-minute goal gave the hosts all three points, making them on par with league leaders but placed third on goal difference. On Sunday’s fixture, Adama will face Hawassa City.

Elsewhere, 10-man Dedebit FC swept aside struggling Electric 2-0. Center back Ayanlem Haile was dismissed in the 12th minute following a two-legged tackle on Electric’s left back Alemneh Girma. Dedebit took the lead in the 59th minute as Getaneh Kebede’s long range free kick was saved by Ghanaian custodian Soulimana Aboubakheri but Asrat Megressa scored on the rebound from close range.

Five minutes later, Getaneh Kebede scored his sixth goal of the season after capitalizing on Awet Gebremichael’s howler. Dedebit are second with 11 points but inferior in goal difference to Saint George.

Meanwhile, Wolaitta Dicha and Ethiopia Coffee have to settle for a point each after their 1-1 draw in Sodo. The game drew a large crowd but failed to live up to expectations. Ethiopia Coffee had an early goal but the referee ruled out the goal. The Addis outfit filed a complaint over the cancelation of the goal. Dicha took the lead through Bezabeh Melyo before Abdulkerim Mohammed headed home from Elias Mamo’s cross to level the score.

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia are the surprising winners of Week six as they humbled Dire Dawa City 2-0 away. Goals from Tadios Wolde and Fikreysus Tekleberhan handed the Bankers a precious three points. Arba Minch City’s surge at home continued on Sunday as they came from behind to defeat Addis Ababa City 3-1. Fekadu Alemu gave the capital side the lead five minutes after recess.

Newcomers Fasil City and Hawassa City shared the spoils in Gondar in front of a packed Fasiledes Stadium. The Emperors were ahead 13 minutes after kickoff when  Hawassa’s new captain Desta Yohannis scored an own goal. Haimanot Worku equalized in the 26th minute.

A dominant Jimma Aba Bunna lost to Defense in Addis Ababa. Tewodros Bekele scored the lone goal 12 minutes before time. Round seven of the Ethiopian Premier League will witness the next toppers.

Week Seven Ethiopian Premier League Fixtures

24/12/2016

3:00 Saint George vs. Woliatta Dicha

17:30 Electric vs. Defense

25/12/2016

3:00 Woldia City vs. Sidama Coffee

9:00 Hawasa City vs. Adama City

9:00 Jimma Aba Bunna vs. Fasil City

9:00 Addis Ababa City vs. Dedebit

16:00 Ethiopian Coffee vs. Dire Dawa

17:00 Commercial Bank of Ethiopia vs. Arba Minch City

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