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St. George, Adama showdown in Addis

The weekend’s fixtures of the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL), week 14, will be taking place all over the country. Defending champions St.George host Adama City in this week’s must see match. Ethiopia Coffee play Fasil City while Jimma Aba Jiffar host southern side Wolita Dicha.

The EPL clubs’ inconsistencies lingered week after week as the first round came to an end. Relatively, newcomers to the league are performing better. The Horsemen are struggling to find form and the same can be said for Sidama Coffee, Ethiopia Coffee and Electric.

Saturday’s fixture will see Ethiopia Coffee take on Fasil a.k.a. the Emperors at the Addis Ababa Stadium. After consecutive draws and a loss on week 13, Ethiopia Coffee triumphed over Dire Dawa City, 2-0.

In light of current performances logged by the Emperors, Ethiopia Coffee will face a tough test in today’s match. In week 13, Fasil won against Electric on home turf. The Emperors are placed sixth having amassed 19 points, while Coffee, placed ninth, have 15 points with a match in hand. Saturday also sees relegation threatened Electric face newcomer Mekele City known as, a.k.a. the Red Lions. Mekele, not easily beatable when compared to Electric, proved just that when they faced Sidama Coffee on week 13, coming out with a comfortable 1-0 win.

Sunday’s game sees St. George host Adama City. It should be recalled that, Adama had dominated Welwalo Adigrat in last week’s fixture and registered a 3-0 victory. In contrast, The Horsemen’s last fixture saw their unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Wolita Dicha, who came from behind to win 2-1. The defending champions goal came on the tenth minute but was not enough to even grab a draw. Furthermore, the Horsemen’s woe continued on home turf when they drew with relegation threatened Dire Dawa City on Thursday. It ended 1-1, with goals coming from Kwame Atram on the 29th-minute which was canceled out by St. Georges full back, Abebew Butako on the 61st-minute.

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Elsewhere, newcomers Jimma Aba Jiffar ended Dedebit’s unbeaten run. In week 13 EPL, Jimma defeated the Blues 2-1. Jimma took the lead via Temesgen Gibrekidane on the fourth minute and Yonas Giremew doubled their tally on the19th-minute. Efrem Ashamo pulled one back for the Blues in the 63rd-minute. Dedebit’s coach, Nuguse Desta, complained about the referee’s decisions for the defeat. Getaneh Kebede was sent off on the 21st-minute.

Sunday’s fixture will see Jimma Aba Jiffar take on Woliata Dicha on home turf and two relegation fighters Arba Minch face another team from the drop zone, Dire Dawa City.

The match between Dedebit and Woldia City is postponed by the Ethiopian Football Federation.

Dedebit top the table with 25 points with a game in hand followed by St. George with 21 points and a game in hand. Jimma Aba Jiffar sits third sharing the same point tally with Adama, which is placed fourth, on goal difference. Electric, Dire Dawa and Arba Minch are still struggling in the relegation zone.  

Week 14 EPL fixture

Saturday 03/02/2018

Electric vs. Mekele City

Coffee vs. Fasil City

Sunday 04/02/2018

St. George vs. Adama City

Welwalo Adigrat University vs. Hawasa City

Woldia vs. Dedebit

Jimma Aba Jiffar vs. Woliata Dicha

Arba Minch vs. Dire Dawa City

Defense vs. Sidama Coffee


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