EPL match-week 10
Set to be staged across the country, match-week ten of the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) returns after week nine’s free scoring games after consecutive draws in the past game weeks.
Back to winning ways and an up-turn in form, Hawassa City will take on Mekele City after a successful outing on week nine with the southern side beating the champions Jimma Aba Jiffar 3-1. Hawassa having played nine games sit second on the league table with 17 points. Mekele City, who have won their last match against Sidama Coffee (3-1) and are in a good form and the fixture with Hawassa will be a good test for both sides. Mekele have played seven games and are placed seventh on the leader’s board with 11 points.
St. George whose Ethiopian Cup dreams came to a premature end at the hands of Defense (1-0) will again face Defense in the league this Saturday in hopes of finding retribution. With a 1-0 win over South Police, the Horsemen have amassed 12 points out of a possible 24, having played eight games. Furthermore, several football experts are still complaining over the newly appointed coach’s playing style.
In another fixture, Adama City will face Dire Dawa City at the Abebe Bikila Stadium in Adama. Placed ninth on the league table with eleven points, Adama trashed Defense 5-1 in week nine. Dire Dawa, having also won their last league encounter with newcomers Bahir Dar (2-1) and both looking to grab form by the scruff of its neck, will look forward to this game in a bid to continue winning.
In Sunday’s fixtures, Sidama Coffee is set to play against Ethiopia Coffee while Woliata Dicha entertains Welwalo Adigrat University, Bahir Dar is to host relegation threatened Dedebit and Sidama Coffee will face league table toppers Ethiopia Coffee.
Ethiopia Coffee tops the league with 18 points followed by Hawassa with 17 points. Occupying the third place is Sidama Coffee with 13 points. St. George sits fourth with 12 points. Suhul Shire, South Police and Dedebit are fighting to survive the drop.
Week ten EPL fixtures
Hawassa City vs. Mekele City
Adama City vs. Defense
St. George vs. Defense
Woliata Dicha vs. Welwalo Adigrat University
Bahir Dar vs. Dedebit
Suhul Shire vs. South Police
Sidama Coffee vs. Ethiopia Coffee
Jimma Aba Jiffar vs. Fasil City