Former assistant coach to Dedebit FC Zelalem Shiferaw took aloft his first trophy, with his new side, Awasa Town. He steered them to the Southern Regions City Cup championship title. Five local sides took part in the one round fixture. Southern region’s City Cup brought together five sides: Hawassa Town, Alaba Town, Sidama Coffee, Arbaminch Town and Wolayta for a one round fixture that helped the sides prepare for the coming new season. Though Sidama Coffee, under their popular coach, was a favourite for the title; new coach, Zelalem Shiferaw, turned out Hawassa Town. They dominated, winning three out of four games on their way to the trophy.
Seeing off striker Shimeles Bekele to Saint George for the season’s record transfer worth 350,000 Birr and signing back former national team and Dedebit FC skipper Mulugerta Meheret for his second spell, Hawassa appeared to be a balanced squad, capable of featuring a strong challenge against the Capital’s heavy weights; Saints, Coffee and Dedebit. At the tournament’s closing day matches Hawassa defeated Alaba with a 2-0 score line. They had goals from Shemeket and new signee Abega. After a surprise 1-0 victory over last year’s premier league surprise package Sidama Coffee, Wolayta finished runner up while new promotion Arbaminch Town settled for third place. Sidama finished fourth with Alaba Town bottom of the table.