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14 Mar 2018

Coffee takes GERD Title

ADDIS ABABA – Coffee took the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Trophy following a 2-1 win over Sidama Coffee on Sunday at the Addis Ababa stadium. The competition was organized in connection to the 7th year anniversary of the beginning of GERD construction.
Coffee earned the trophy coming back from a 1 -0 deficit. This was the fourth time for Coffee to win GERD trophy.
For their victory Coffee collected 50, 000 Birr money prize while the second placed Sidama Coffee pocketed 35, 000 Birr. Electric beating Dedebit in the third place play-off got 15, 000 Birr.
The GERD competition was organized by the Ethiopian Football Federation in cooperation with the National Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Constriction Project Coordination Council Secretariat office.
Coffee reached this stage beating Electric 2-1 in the opening day, last week Thursday while Sidama Coffee beat beat Dedebit 2-0 to go through to the final.
Seven years ago in March the GERD foundation was laid down by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as part of the great developmental stride towards beating poverty in the country.
In the last seven years over 60 percent of the construction has been completed, according to the official figure given by GERD secretariat.

Sixth All Amhara Games begins

ADDIS ABABA – The sixth All Amhara Games began on Sunday at Bahir Dar International stadium.
The competition is also useful as the qualifier to select athletes who represent the region in All Ethiopian Games that will be staged in Tigray.
So far the Addis Ababa, Oromia, Gambella, Afar, Somali and Benishangule Gumuze have completed their internal competition. All of them have selected their respective representatives for the seventh All Africa Games.
Report has it that the host city, Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, has completed its preparation to receive guests in a colourful way, according to the organizers.

Athlete Tsehay Gemechu wins women’s 5, 000m road race

ADDIS ABABA – Athlete Tsehay Gemechu won the 15th Great Ethiopian Run (GER) 5, 000m women’s road race on Sunday leaving behind Debash Kilal and Yenenesh Tilahun to take the second and third places, in the order of that. The winners from the first to the third position collected from 15, 000 to 7, 500 Birr money prize. 

By Solomon Bekele

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