Financial crisis hits Dedebit, players stop training
The players of Dedebit FC stopped training amid financial crisis the club is facing. The club has been unable to pay regular salaries to its players, The Reporter has learnt.
Dedebit has recently faced a financial crisis even though the club has qualified to take part in this season’s Ethiopian Premier League. The club seems to be unable to curb its financial problems.
According to team leader Efrem Assefa, “due to the club’s partner organizations failure to keep their promises of financial support the club has encountered a challenge to pay salaries to its players.” He further noted that they are trying their best to find a sustainable solution. However, he stated that he does not understand the reason supporting organizations have failed to provide financial assistance. He said that they have been under pressure recently affecting the clubs performance and teamwork. It is to be remembered that Dedebit has lost all three matches it played recently.
Dedebit has been moved to Mekele from Addis Ababa to solve its financial problems. In addition, the club has put limitation on pay not to exceed 25,000 birr per month.
Week four EPL fixtures to resume over the weekend
After a consecutive rescheduling of fixtures, week four fixtures of the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) will take place with six matches set to be staged over the weekend with St. George hosting Suhul Shire, Fasil City playing against Ethiopia Coffee, while Wolaita Dicha are set to face Mekele City.
On week four EPL fixture, Fasil City takes on Ethiopia Coffee on Sunday on home soil. The Emperors have only played two games in the past EPL fixtures and managed to win a match against Hawasa City out of the two played. Sunday’s fixtures will be decisive for both sides to lead the league table. Whereas, Ethiopia Coffee won two of its last fixtures having one match in hand.
The Horsemen, losing their opening match 1-0, have only played one match since the start of the season and are looking to bounce back to winning ways when they face newcomers Suhul Shire.
Elsewhere, Wolita Dicha will play against Mekele City on Saturday while Bahir Dar will entertain Hawassa City on home turf. Adama City is to take-on Sidama Coffee.
Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has announced that it has postponed two matches due to continental games in African champions’ league and CAF Confederation schedules.
Week four EPL fixtures
Welwalo Adigrat University vs. South Police
Jimma Aba Jiffar vs. Dire Dawa City (PP)
Dedebit vs. Defense (PP)
Fasil City vs. Ethiopia Coffee
Wolita Dicha vs. Mekele City
Bahir Dar City vs. Hawasa City
Adama City vs. Sidama Coffee
St. George vs. Suhul Shire