Electric, AbaBuna go for international players Regulation survivor Ethio Electric imported a new player from Burundi while Oromia Region’s second representative Jimma AbaBuna signed its first ever foreign player, Ugandan Kirizstom Netambe.
Insiders claim that the team is changing their board of directors but despite the turmoil the team managed to sign several players including Burundian striker Didye Kavumbagu. The 28 year old Kavumbagu who played for Atletico Olympic of the Burundian league as well the national team signed a six month contract with another six months extension based on his performance. In addition to Kavumbagu’s transfer money being undisclosed his contract also appears a bit complicated. In addition to Fitsum G/Mariam’s contract extension Ethio-Electric added to its squad two renowned players; former Ethiopian Bunna and Diredawa Town play maker Dawit Estifanos and former Ethiopia Bunna striker Mulualem Tilahun.
In the mean time new comers Jimma AbaBuna signed Ugandan midfielder Kirisztom Netambe from South Africa’s 2nd division side Vasco Dagama. The 25 year old who played for Ugandan u-20 is much expected to monitor the heart beat of head coach Derege Belay’s team that joins the Ethiopian football upper tier for the very first time. Ethiopian national team and former Dedebit and Mekelakya goal keeper Jemal Tasew, former Saint George and NegedBank striker Binyam Assefa, former Ethiopia Bunna and Mekelakya front man Mohammed Naser and former Ethiopia Bunna Bedlu Mered are the notable new players joining Jimma AbaBuna.
The 2017 African Cup of nations’ Cup final draw threw host nation Gabon in to the Lions’ den while group “C” is comprised of the continent’s heavy weights dubbed the death group. East Africa’s only representative Uganda drawn in group “D” has every chance of progressing to the knock-out stage.
Defending champion Ivory Coast, Africa’s number two football nation Algeria and three time former champion Ghana all in group “A” host nation Gabon’s progress in to the knock-out stage is unlikely thus empty seat final matches are feasible. Ivory Coast and Algeria are the potential group winner and runner-up respectively.
Group “B” brings together former champion Tunisia, 2015 Cup finalist Burkina Faso, Mali and strong side Democratic Republic of Congo. The big match is between Tunisia and DRC to decide the group winner and second place. Burkina is the black sheep of the group with all potentials to storm the group in surprise.
The death group brings together Egypt, Liverpool’s Saidou Mane’s Senegal, Cameroon and Morocco. With Morocco having no one much to influence a game result and Cameroon hardly to clean-up their messed up national side, Senegal is favorite to win the group to go along with Egypt in second place.
Back to the Cup final after four decades, Uganda is in group “D” along with group top spot favorite Togo, new faces Zimbabwe and first timer in the cup final Guinea. Former Saint’s head coach Mitto at the seventh sky for steering Uganda back in to the big show after 39 years, he appeared to press the “No Return” point thus dreaming a knock out stage at the expense of others.