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Coffee, Mekelle to face off on Tuesday

The Ethiopian Football Federation has announced that the Ethiopian Premier League game between Ethiopia Coffee and Mekelle 70 Enderta will be held on Tuesday June 18, 2919. It can be recalled that last week the Federation decided temporarily suspend the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL), the country top flight tournament.

The decision was passed during an emergency meeting held on Wednesday June 5, 2019.

Game, which was scheduled to take place during the 27th week of the EPL between Ethiopia Coffee and Mekele 70 Enderta was canceled on grounds of alleged security concerns and the Federation has evaluated its impact during the emergency meeting.

Then this week it was decided that the match between Coffee and Mekelle 70 Enderta will be held in an empty stadium on Friday June 14, 2019 but was then rescheduled to be held on Tuesday June, 18, 2019

The game that is scheduled to be held on Tuesday will be attended by fans from both clubs as the match would not be held in a closed stadium.

It can be recalled that, after holding discussions with Premier League participating clubs and other stakeholders the Federation last week said that it has now given priority to figuring out ways to carry out the league’s tournaments.

The Federation was not explicit enough as to why it decided to suspend the tournament but circumstantial evidence seems to suggest that the decision is informed by alleged security concern.

And earlier the decision had offended fans of some clubs including Fasil City.