Sebeta, Hadiya, Welkite earn EPL promotion
After a tough campaign, Sebeta City, Hadiya Hossana and Welkite City have secured a promotion to the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL).
Sebeta City, relegated in the 2010/11 season, makes a return to the EPL after an eight year absence. They top their group with 45 points after playing 21 matches.
Hadiya Hossana, although beaten by Arba Minch City 3-2, managed to secure their promotion with 45 points, winning 13, drawing six and losing just two matches. Hossana’s appearance in the EPL comes after a three year absence.
Welkite City FC, based in southern, Guragahe zone are promoted and joining the league for the first time in their history, leading their campaign with 46 points. Unlike previous season’s playoff rules, the three top placed teams from the groups were promoted directly to the EPL.
Welkite City coach Dereje Belay, was responsible to get Sebeta City promoted (11 years back), Jimma Aba Bunna, and now Welkite City for the first time.