Ethiopian Premier League Week 13 Recap

13th-week Ethiopian premier league fixtures were held on Sunday and Monday across the Nation, where Kidus Giorgis overtook Ethiopia Bunna to climb to the league summit, meanwhile relegation battelers Sehul Shire recorded their first win of the campaign to temporarily move out of the drop zone.

On Sunday at the Tigray international Stadium Welwalo A/U hosted Kidus Giorgis, The Hosts were enjoying the larger share of the ball possession in the first half but failed to capitalize their dominance into goals.

The horsemen who stick to direct football yet again were close to opening the score sheet twice in the first half as attempts from Salhadin Seid and Tadele Mengesha were twice saved spectacularly by the Guinean international goalie Abdulaziz Keita.

On the contrary, Kidus Giorgis was by far the better side in the second half in all aspects and were able to create many goal scoring chances, Welwalo who were forced to change Ephrem Ashamo early in the second half was very vulnerable to the horsemen’s Direct balls. But in the 65th minute following a beautiful ball from Getaneh Kebede, Salhadin Seid bust into the Welwalo’s box finishing in style to clinch his side a very crucial 3 points that send them to the top of the league with 24 points. Following the Match Welwalo A/U head coach Tsegaye Kidanemariam Submitted a resignation letter to the club board, Tsegaye who was in charge of Welwalo for the past 11 months guided the club to stay in the premiership last season.

In the only game held in the capital on Sunday, Ethiopia Bunna suffered back to back loss for the first time this season, Ethiopia Bunna who lost to Mekelle 70 Enderta last week were expected to bounce back to keep their title hopes alive, but lost 1-0 to Jimma Abba Jiffar courtesy to a 63rd minute goal from their former employee Aschalew Girma.

“The Browns” suffered the first hammer blow early in the first half as their new summer recruit Temsgen Castro who won fans heart with ease was stretched Off the field following a nasty collision with Aschalew Girma and was reported to be sidelined for several months.
Both sides were far from convincing in their Attacking Phases, in what was a very frustrating first half only one attempt on target was registered as Temsgen Castro’s headed effort was saved comfortably by Daniel Agyei.

In a match that exhibited so many refereeing misunderstanding between International arbiter Lemi Nigguse and the linesmen, Aschalew Girma’s headed home from a nice delivery from Didder Lebri to hand his side the second win in a row that lifted them to 10th.
After the final whistle Ethiopia Bunna players, coaching staff members and Clubs Higher officials were booed by their fans following the clubs dreadful display in recent weeks, that led them to sleep to second.

In the other fixture on Sunday Fasil Kenema shared points with Adama Kenema, before kickoff a minute of silence was observed to commemorate those who lost their lives while on their way from Bahirdar to Gonder after Tuesday’s Amhara Derby between Fasil and Bahirdar Kenema. In the match that ended in a stalemate, the home side was in total control of the match meanwhile the visitors were very conservative and were sitting deep in their own half maintaining a very low defensive block.

Mekelle 70 Enderta were also victorious against relegation battlers Debub police as Amanuel G/Michael and Yared Kebede were on target for the visitors, while Henok Ayele once again scoring the conciliation goal for the home side, Mekelle who won 4 games in a row is currently 4th with 20 points, 4 points adrift from league leaders with three games in hand.

Meanwhile yesterday Sehul Shire recorded their very first win in Ethiopia’s top flight against Dedebit. The match held at the Tigray International Stadium was a must-win game for both teams as both sides were struggling to collect three points and were found in the drop zone, but an 83rd-minute strike from Seid Hassien was the only difference, following this slender 1-0 win Sehul Shire currently sitting 12th are temporarily are out the drop zone with 11 points.

Wolaita Dicha who are under poor run of form also drew one all with Bahir Dar Ketema at home, Baye Gezahege gave the home side the lead but the ex-Woliata Dicha forward Arafat Djako handed his side a vital one point away from home.

At the Addis Ababa stadium, Mekelakeya drew 1-1 with Hawasa Ketema with both the goals coming from successful spot kicks from Menyelu Wondimu and Tafesse Solomon. With that Goal, the Offensive Midfielder Tafesse Solomon becomes the joint top scorer with 8 goals along with Dawa Hottesa and Addis Gidey.

The only remaining fixture of game week 13 between Dire Dawa Ketema and Sidama Bunna has been postponed due to the current unrest in Eastern Ethiopia.

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