Biruk Ayele’s double strike steered Hawassa Town to the top of the Ethiopian Premier League table and they will stay there until the league season resumes in two months’ time. Two matches without a win for the defending champions St. George places them in second, followed by Dedebit FC. Electric settles for sixth spot after a goalless draw with Commercial Bank on Wednesday. The season’s surprise package, Hawassa Town win their home derby match against Sidama Coffee 2-0, both goals coming from the man who is in form, Biruk Ayele. Defeating St. George and Ethiopian Coffee in Addis Ababa and Electric at home, the former champions, spearheaded by Andualem Negussie (otherwise known as Abega) and Biruk Ayele, appear to be strong contenders for the title. Hawassa Town takes the driving seat with 19 points while Saint George sits second with 18 points after Tuesday’s away draw with Harar Brewery. Under head coach Abraham T/haimanot, Dedebit is also riding high after a 3-1 victory over the home side Adama Town. With two goals from marksman Getaneh Kebede, Dedebit is in hot pursuit of the top two, collecting 18 points to claim third spot with a lower goal difference from St. George. Three matches without a win, Electric once again settles for sixth. With a goalless away draw with Mugher Cement, Ethiopian Coffee, under Tsegaye Kidanemariam, sits 4th with 16 points followed by Harar Brewery with the same points but with a lesser goal difference. Electric once again settles for sixth while Mugher Cement is in 13th place and in danger of relegation, with just four points from nine matches. New comers Water Works occupy the honorary spot, sitting rock bottom, with a single point. Dedebit and national team striker, Getaneh Kebede, leads the top scorer’s table with nine goals while Insurance’s goal hunter, Mohammed Nasir, is second with eight goals followed by Hawassa’s Andualem Negussie, who has netted five so far.
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