Ethiopian Premier League Week 12 Recap

Ethiopian premier league 12th-week fixtures were held across the weekdays, where Ethiopia Bunna suffered their second loss of the campaign while second-placed Kidus Giorgis cut the difference from the leader to only one point. Hawassa Ketema and Jimma were also returned to winning ways.

On Tuseday the highly anticipated match between Mekelle Seba Enderta and league leaders Ethiopian Bunna was held at the Tigray International Stadium, prior to the match both clubs higher officials and fans association representatives held a constructive meeting to loosen the tension that arised following clash between fans of both clubs when the two sides mate in Addis last season, And Ethiopian Coffee Fans Association officially apologized for the incident.

The Ethiopian Football Federation president Isaias Jirra and F.D.R.E Sport Commission Commissioner Ristu Yerdaw where in attendance to launch to match, Last seasons Mekelle’s Star performer Amanuel Gebremichael’s 35th minute successful spot-kick proved to be the only difference between the two sides, Following this narrow 1-0 win Mekelle raised their point tally to 14 with 3 games in hand.


In other match held in Northern Ethiopia on Tuesday Sehul Shire who recently suspended their coaching staff members including their head coach Daniel Tsehaye drew 0-0 with Dire Dawa Ketema. This draw was the seventh time Sehul Shire shared point from 10 league matches.

Sidama Bunna also registered their second successive win with 2-0 win over Mekelakeya, Addis Gidey and the vetran Mohammed Nasser were on the score sheet for the home side. Mekelakeya, who are under poor run of form lost 3 matches and drew one in their last four matches conceding 3.5 goals on average are currently 13th with only 1 point away from the drop zone meanwhile Sidama are 5th with 17 points.

On Wednesday Adama Ketema won 1-0 aginst Welwalo A/U with the man in form Dawa Hottesa netting the only goal that separates the two sides.

In the other fixture, Hawassa Ketema were 3-2 winners over Debub police, Taffese solomon’s brace and Biruk Beyene were on the score sheet for Hawassa while Abebaw Butako and Henock Ayele scored the consolation goals for Debub police.

Meanwhile at Bahirdar International Stadium the very first Amhara Derby between new Comers Bahirdar Kenema and Fasil Ketema ended in in a goal less draw, The match that was held in fully packed Bahirdar stadium experienced an electrifying scenes from both Fans, the visitors were awarded a spot-kick in the 6th minute but their skipper Yared Bayeh who scored the match winner last week from the spot kick failed to convert this time.

Following the match a bus carrying traveling Fasil Kenema supporters from Gonder while on their way back home was tragically experienced an accident, two passengers on board were dead with several injured.

Week 12 fixtures came to closing yesterday as last year champions Jimma Aba Jiffar recorded their first victory at home this season, the goal in each half from Aschalew Girma and Mamadu Sidibe handed Jimma a well deserved 2-0 win over Wolaita Dicha.

Kidus Giorgis hosted league bottom side Dedebit and were 2-0 victorious, 27th minute thunderous long-range free kick goal from Salhadin Seid and second-half substitute Abel Yalew’s 71st minute fabulous chip against his former side lifted Kidus Giorgis one point a drift from the leaders Ethiopia Buna with a game in hand.

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