Goals in space of two minutes have handed premier league champions Kidus Giorgis a 2-0 win over Ethiopian Cup champions Wolaitta Dicha in Ethiopian Super Cup final game played out on Sunday October, 29 in Addis Ababa. Alula Girma and Abubakher Sani struck in the first half as Kidus Giorgis got their cup triumph.
Wolaitta Dicha looked unbreakable at the back from the onset as Kidus Giorgis find it very though to penetrate the Dicha’s defense. The Horsemen captain Degu Debebe’s header was easily saved by Dicha’s Nigerian goalie Emmanuel Fevor in the 23rd minute while Eyob Alemayehu’s strike from range at the other end could not trouble Kidus Giorgis goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. Two minutes later Odongkara raced off from his line to hinder Dicha’s Eshetu Mena from scoring. At the half hour mark Abulsemed Ali could only head wide as Kidus Giorgis took a surprising lead two minutes later through Alula Girma’s header. In the 34th minute Fevor mistakenly misplaced his pass which Abubakher easily fired home to the empty net to double the lead. Defensive lapses in space of two minutes saw Wolaitta Dicha trailing 2-0 going to the half time break.
The second interval brought a relatively changed Wolaitta Dicha side. In the 47th minute, Togolese striker Arafat Djako hits the post with a fine fleek as Dicha missed a chance to halve the deficit. At the hour mark, Djako should have pulled one back when he strikes over the bar on a one on one situation. Kidus Giorgis came very close to extend their lead to 3 but Ame Mohammed’s shot was saved by Fevor.
Kidus Giorgis won the Ethiopian Super Cup for a record 16th time. The defending champions will begin title defense at home to Dire Dawa Ketema while Wolaitta Dicha, who will be making continental club competition debut later this year, are away to Dedebit in week 1 of the 2017/18 premier league season opener.