Featuring Ethiopian premier league big time coaches, Asrat haile, Kemal Ahmed and Worku Dergeba, the 2011-12 National League season is anxiously awaited among soccer fans.
Pocketing a 15,000 birr monthly wage and signing renowned players, the likes of the former Ethiopian Coffee skipper who led the side to its first ever league title Edelu Derege and former Banks midfielder Teshome Oshe, Asrat appears determined to take back Insurance FC to the premier league at the end of the current season. A 2-2 draw against Defense Force and a narrow 1-0 defeat to saint George Insurance is the leading contender for the national league championship title as well promotion.
Ledetta Nyala appointed former two time premier league champion with Hawassa Town Kemal Ahmed. Famous for coming and going down every other season, Nyala is highly dependent on Kemal’s experience in making Hawassa the only regional side to win the coveted premier league title twice. After three decades coming and going in to the premier league, Worku Dergeba is back this time with Wonji Sugar FC for his second spell. The one time Ethiopian national team assistant coach Worku, is expected to build a squad much comprised of talents from Adama and Debrezeit, the nearest localities to the small town where the factory is situated. Having three seasoned coaches in the league, the National League season could turn out a sensation, bringing back football fans. Meta Abo Brewery, also in the process of appointing a new coach replacing Tesfaye Fetene. Paulos Getachew, Berhane G/Egziabher and back from Yemen Seyoum Kebede are front runners to the hot seat.