Newly promoted Jimma Aba Bunna FC has signed Ugandan international midfielder Kirizestom Ntambi. The Ugandan player signed a one year contract with Jimma Aba Buna.
Ntambi is a product of SC Villa academy where his talent matured before playing for the senior side. He then joined South African second division club Vasco Da Gama.
The 25-year-old has played for the Ugandan U-20 team “Kobs” and he was part of the 2015 Uganda Cranes’ team that beat Nigeria 1-0 in a friendly match.
Ntambi increases the number of Ugandan players in Ethiopian premier league to six. Other are Cranes second choice goalkeeper Robert Odongkara, Brian Umony, Issac Isinde, St. George’s new catch Yassar Mugerwa and Electric’s Manco Kaweesa.
Jimma have also added new faces in their squad for the coming 2016/17 Ethiopian Premier League season. Ethiopian national team goalie Jemal Tasew and Mohammed Nasir from Defense, former national team striker Biniam Assefa from Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and former Saint George full back and Arba Minch player Biyadgilegn Elias have all joined the club.
During the summer transfer window, all 16 EPL clubs have been busy signing new players and renewing contracts. According the Ethiopian Football Federation, Ethiopia Coffee midfielder Elias Mamo remained to be the record signing till national team striker Getaneh Kebede broke the record.
Former Bidvest Wits striker Getaneh Kebede returned to Ethiopian side Dedebit for a three million birr record fee.
Getaneh, who spent last season on loan at University of Pretoria, ended his three-year stay in the Premier Soccer League.
The 24-year-old, who was the second-highest scorer in the African Nations Cup qualifiers with six goals for Ethiopia, joined Wits from Dedebit in 2013.
He led the Addis Ababa side to the league and cup ‘double’ that season, but they have seen their fortunes wane since.
Getaneh scored 10 goals in 15 starts for Wits in all competitions, but was used mostly off the bench. He netted a further four goals for AmaTuks last season in 12 starts.