St. George, Jimma Aba Jiffar faceoff in epic encounter
In the closing stages of the season, every match is considered a crucial match for both teams either sitting at the top or dangling at the bottom half of the table. With a couple of weeks left, the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) week 25 is set to take place across the country.
Due to the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) presidential election on Sunday June 3, 2018, week 25 EPL fixtures have been rescheduled to be held on Tuesday. Defending champion St. George faces top contender Jimma Aba Jiffar in an away match, league leaders Mekele City face the relegation embattled Dire Dawa City in Dire Dawa stadium while Ethiopia Coffee take on Woliata Dicha.
In week 24 fixtures, Mekele managed to take the lead from Jimma Aba Jiffar following a 1-0 win over Hawassa City in Mekele stadium. Ghanaian forward, Fusieni Nuhu scored the only goal in the 47th minute. Now, the northern side tops the table with 42 points with its next test coming in the form of Dire Dawa City.
Meanwhile, the highly anticipated match of the week will be between St. George – the 14-time title winner — traveling to the west for a decisive game to play against current rivals Jimma Aba Jiffar.
From their last two matches, Jimma has only managed to get two points after they drew against relegation fighters Arba Minch City and Welwalo Adigrat, respectively. Elsewhere, St. George plagued with several injuries drew against Defense 1-1 in Addis Ababa. Maraki Wirku opened the score-line for Defense but a goal from Osvaldo Tavares canceled out the opener for St. George in the 62nd minute.
Eyeing a historic trophy wall and a 15th title victory, St. George go in Monday’s match placed third with 41 points.
In another fixture, Ethiopia Coffee, placed fourth with 37 points, will take on Woliata Dicha in an away match. Woliata Dicha’s poor form continues week after week following their exit from CAF Confederation Cup competition. Woliata, placed tenth, have 29 points.
Electric, Welwalo Adigrat and Wolida City make up the bottom of the league.
Week 25 EPL fixtures
Fasil City vs Defense
Dire Dawa City vs. Mekele City
Adama City vs. Electric
Woliata Dicha vs. Ethiopia Coffee
Dedebit vs. Arba Minch
Woldia vs. Welwalo Adigrat
Jimma Aba Jiffar vs. St. George