After two unexpected defeats in a row for the runaway league leaders Saint George, the Ethiopian Premier League season title contention is wide open and five teams are in contention. Though in command of the best outfit in the country Saints this time appear to be among strong adversaries and retaining the title might not be an easy ride this time around.
Thrashing visitors Ethiopia Bunna at Hawassa Stadium, Sidama Bunna suddenly emerged on top of the league table with 36 points from 20 matches. Though for the first time taking the lead, Sidama appears a side hard to beat and the players in sheer determination to show something at the end of the season.
Had it not been for a home draw last Tuesday, Dedebit would have overtaken the leaders that are two points clear. But a disarrayed performance on Tuesday against visitors Jimma AbaBuna, Dedebit rather lucky for the equalizer two minutes before the whistle has now 35 points. Asrat’s homework now appears proper utilizing of the foreign imports and a workable solution to bring back the strike partnership of Getaneh and Dawit. The sole goal getter Getaneh leads the leading scorers chart with 16 goals while Dawit yet not score a single goal so far in the season.
A shocking 2-0 defeat at the hands of Mekelakya just four days after the historic victory over AC Leopard to became the first Ethiopian side to grace African Champions’ League group stage, Saints once again lost an away match to home side Adama Town thus the winners are back in the title race. Coming from the bench former Saint George Dawa Hutesa scored the only winning goal to help Adama close the gap with just two points from the leader Sidama.
Though a heavy away defeat to Sidama Bunna, most popular Ethiopia Bunna is also in the race just four points down from the leaders. If Gezahen Ketema’s miracle stays working Bunna unlike any other sides have the advantage of home crowds that really make differences in many occasion. Five sides in close title contention! Oh what a dream to Ethiopia Football fans.