The 2017/18 Ethiopian premier League goal king Okikiola Aflolabi has returned to Champions Jimma Abba Jifar after a 5 months dreadful spell at Egypt premier League side Ismaily.
Afolabi, who scored 23 Goals last season for surprise packages Jimma Abba Jiffar, departed from Ethiopia through a lot of controversy, as the club stated with an official statement to the Ethiopia’s Football Governing Body (EFF) that the player has a contract remaining with the Western Ethiopian side. The player allegedly left the Club with a falsely fabricated release paper.
That being the case, his 5 month spell with Ismaily was far from convincing as he only represented his club for 6 matches from which two of them came in league matches, leaving the Egyptian side without scoring a goal.
The former Sunshine Stars F.C Forward, who also spent some time playing in Argentina Premiera Division, mutually terminated his contract with Ismaily last month, and was highly linked with a return to Ethiopia. It was his former employees who finally come calling and captured his signature.
The Jimma Aba Jiffar’s general manager Eskedar Damtew told Soccer Ethiopia that the club had a series of negotiations with the player and he finally agreed to put pen to paper to play for one year for the defending champions.
Eskedar also stated that the club is waiting for the completion of the paperwork before the player starts training with his team mates. He will be eligible to play in the second round of the Ethiopian Premier league.
Jimma Abba Jiffar currently has 5 foreign players, of which 3 are forwards. It is expected that the team will soon part ways with one of three.
Jimma Abba Jiffar are pursuing their continental competition dream with their first leg of Total CAF Confederations cup second round tie against Hassania Agadir of Morocco played yestrday at home; the Ethiopian side lost 1-0 with the return leg scheduled to be played next week.
The 2017/18 premier league champions are currently sitting 13th in this season league campaign, collecting only six points from a possible 18, they have 4 remaining matches in hand.