Ethiopian Premier League new season kicks-off 30th October


Sixteen sides in two rounds, the Ethiopian Premier League new season kick-off date is pushed for the fourth time currently set for the tentative date 30th of October. Jimma Ketema christened to Jimma AbaJifar and the twins from Tigray region: Welwalo Adigrat and Mekele Ketema constitute the newly promoted clubs in the new season.
Boasting the highest ever foreign players presence, the Ethiopian Premier League 21st edition opening fixtures brings a record of fourteen times defending champion St George entertaining a strong build up club Diredawa Ketema. Already considered undisputed champions for further strengthened the squad with seven new signings, The Horse Men are favorites to pocket the three points at home.
Super league champions and premier league debutant Jimma AbaJifar hosts visitors Hawassa Ketema while Ethiopia Bunna, which has kept a low profile in the players’ transfer market therefore making it hard to predict its outcome, entertains visitors Sidama Bunna in the Bunna derby. New comers Welwalo Adigrat University takes at home last season surprise package Fasil Ketema.
The first side to represent Mekele region since Trans Ethiopia and Guna, Mekele Ketema travels to South Ethiopia to face home side Arbaminch Ketema while Ethio-Electric looks to lock horns against city rival Mekelakya. Standing in a chaotic situation of losing its big name players Woldya Ketema hosts Adama Ketema in its beautiful arena, Sheikh Mohamed Al-Amoudi stadium. Considering the money it has spent Woldya is expected to pull every string for an impressive season opening in front of home supporters. With two foreign players in the squad, Adama’s strong side appears to be players that have stayed together for a number of years. Back for his second spell, head coach Negussie Desta leads his team in the opening match against last year’s knock-out champions Wolayta Dicha who will also introduce foreign players for the first time in their clubs history.