The Ethiopian knock-out championship kicks off Wednesday featuring 11 premier league sides. It seems amazing that there is no single club from the National League taking part. Though knock-out fixtures traditionally are open participation regardless of divisional hierarchies, only eleven premier league sides are taking part for the two weeks fixture. The first group stage brings together eight sides while the remaining three: Saint George, Ethiopian Coffee and Sidama Coffee are in waiting, ready for the second round group stage.
Cup holders Dedebit encounters Electric the side that defeated it 1-0 for the City Cup a week before. The winner of the two sides encounters premier league defending champion Ethiopian Coffee. The winner of Hawassa Town versus Adama Town heads to a clash against Saint George for the semifinal showdown. Back from sudden shocking incident Commercial Banks plays against city cup semifinalist Defense Force while Harar Brewery is set for a big clash against Mugher Cement. The winner of the two faces Sidama Coffee in the semifinal clash. Dedebit that demolished Defense Force to 3-0 victory on Thursday evening cup holders Dedebit encounters Electric with the winner of the two facing Ethiopian Coffee for the semi clash.