Adama visits Dicha, Saints face Mekelakya


The biggest game in the Ethiopian Premier League this weekend takes place in Wolayta with Adama Town facing Solayta Dicha at Boditi. Defending champs Saint George renew their old rivalry against Army’s Mekelakya while Dedebit FC travels to Woldya.

After two convincing wins and 6 out of 6 points head coach Ashenafi Bekele travels south to encounter home side Wolayta Dicha with four points from two matches. Mesay Teferi is proving once again that you don’t need a lot of money to build a winning team after a convincing 2-0 win over Mekelakya followed by a goalless draw with Arbaminch. Converting central defender Mujib Kasim to a handy striker, Ashenafi has more than enough power to test Wolayta Dicha’s counter attack oriented formation.

The weekend’s biggest clash in Addis Ababa is between old rivals Saint George and Mekelakya. International Salhadin Said is back from injury for his first match of the season and the Saints, who lead the league  with six points and five goals, have every advantage when it comes to crushing Army.  Their side has only one point so far and three matches without a win could put pressure on the newly appointed Mekelakya.

Newly promoted Addis Ababa Town faces city rival Ethio-Electric under head coach Berhanu Bayu. A surprising 2-0 away win over Hawassa Town followed by a goal less home draw against visitors Jimma AbaBuna, Seyoum Kebede needs a strong defensive line in order to survive Electric’s three man  strike force capable of dismantling their adversary. Electric appears to be a better team than their single point would indicate.

In other matches Zelalem Shiferaw leads Diredawa Town in a visit to his old club Sidama Bunna, new comers Woldya Town entertains  Dedebit FC, back from a bitter 2-0 defeat, while Tsegaye Kidansmariam’s Ethiopia NegedBank travels to western Ethiopia to face popular side Jimma AbaBuna.