A huge match takes place in Addis Ababa today in the Ethiopian Premier League as first place Saint George squares off against its rival Ethiopia Bunna, which has fallen on hard times this year. It is a critical fixture for Serbian head coach Nebojsa Vucicevic as a defeat to their arch rival might trigger his sacking.
The head coach of the defending champions, Martin Nooy got some relief after a 2-0 victory over visiting Wolayta Dicha, supporters are adamantly expecting a convincing win over arch enemy Ethiopia Bunna. Otherwise the pressure could once again mount on the seasoned Dutch to go home. With the best goalkeeper in the country, the most feared strike force comprised of Salhadin Said, Adane Girma and rising star Abubaker Sani under his command many Saints supporters are dissatisfied with the club’s current performance so the best way for Martin to keep them happy is a big win today.
With just a single win in seven matches and some demoralizing home results like a loss to Fasil Town, Ethiopia Bunna appears no match for the heavyweights. The Serbian head coach of the country’s most popular side has become unpopular. Nebojsa’s temper has been called into question and sometimes his substitutions are irrational and have cost the team important points. It looks like if the current trend continues their rivalry might be in jeopardy.
The league leader with 14 points and goal differences, the Saints record shows four wins, two draws and a single away defeat to new comers Fasil Town while 12th on the table with 12 points Ethiopia Bunna has one win, four draws and two defeats.
Ethiopia Bunna needs a miracle to win the showdown today but if that miracle surfaces, the Serbian might survive the pressure and find a breathing space to once again revise his game plan and overall squad. On the other hand a defeat to Ethiopia Bunna is the last thing Saints supporters can accept. The whole scenario seems to bring the best out of both sides and maybe a huge opportunity for football fans to watch a highly competitive showdown that is hard to come across these days.