After demolishing group promotion strong contender Wolkite in front of a record 30, 000 home crowd, Jimma secured a Premier League spot the while Tigray region got its first representative since Trans Ethiopia bowed out of the top tier six seasons ago.
The anxiously awaited clash between home side Jimma and visiting Wolkite ended in a 3-1 victory in favor of the hosts that had been heart-broken after Jimma AbaBuna’s relegation to the lower tier. Having the huge advantage of a home fixture Jimma dominated the decisive show from start to finish. International arbiter Haileyesus Bazezew was man of the match and Henok Mehari’s braid in both halves followed by Aklesia Girma’s final nail in the coffin at the 55th minute the proud visitors did everything for a surprise come back but an 89th minute consolation goal from Aklilu Teferi.
More than half a century since the club founded, this is the first time The Red-Stripes busted in to the top tier.” Our dream is not so huge but hard work to survive in the cut throat Premier League season,” Wondu Tesema suggested after the match.
In their quest to join the Premier League for the first time, Welwalo-Adigrat University managed an away 1-1 draw against regional rival and host Mekele. Though the home side scored the opener through Asrat Shegere in the 64th minute, Alemante Kassa’s injury time equalizer gave the visitors an automatic promotion with 64 points from 30 matches. “It was a season’s long hard work and discipline that gave us the automatic berth and we are sure to stay there as long as our die hard supporters are behind us,” a veteran supporter told Capital.
The two round 30 match season produced five top scorers. The list is headed by Halaba’s goal hunter Zekarias Fikre with 20 followed by Jimma Town striker Temesgen G.Kidan (13), Amanuel G/Michael of Mekele Ketema (13), Mohammed Jemal of national Cement (12) and Shashemene target man Abdulaziz Umer with 12 goals.