Coffee, Dedebit, Adama City keep EPL title hope alive with win

14 Mar 2017

Coffee fans who celebrate their victory last time are now aspiring to repeat that feat

 

The three top sides of the Ethiopian Premier League sides, Coffee, Dedebit and Adama City closing in on the gap with league leaders as they collected the full three points with wins in the weekends.

Coffee who travelled to Gondar crashed the home side Fasil City 4-1 on Sunday. Victory saw fourth-placed Coffee move to within four points of leaders St. George who have 35 points from 17 games.

Last week Coffee had a 4-0 win over Mekelakeya. That gave them good opportunity to keep their (Coffee) pursuit of the Ethiopian Premier League title hope.

For Fasil City this was the third time to concede defeat in a row. Last week they dropped three points with a 2-1 defeat at the hands Wolayita Dicha. Fasil have now 26 points from equal 18 games.

Fasil City who joined the elite league this season had shown good performance all through the first round but in the second round their performance abruptly slipped down. This is not a good trend for the fresh elite sides.

Dedebit beat Wodiya City 1-0 to gain the full three points on Saturday. The win didn’t change their place in the table on 31 points from 18 games. They (Dedebit) are third in the table.

Losers Woldiya are not faring well this time. Last week they dropped two points after finishing level at 1-1 with Arba Minch City. They have now 21 points.

Second placed Sidama Coffee kept their place with an away goalless tie with Dire Dawa City. They (Sidama) have now 32 points from equal 18 games. Last week Sidama had a 1-0 win over Adama City to jump to the second place.

Dire Dawa City conceded a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Electric last week. The goalless tie didn’t improve their position and they have 17 points from 18 games. Collecting 17 points in 18 matches means they didn’t manage to get one point in each match.

Adama City did well by beating Wolayita Dicha 1-0 this week to revive from the last week debacle. Last week they suffered a 1-0 defeat by Sidama Coffee.

They (Adama) have now 30 points from 18 games to stand 5th.

The other three premier league matches held on Sunday, Commercial Banks and Jimma Ababuna, Hawassa City and Arba Minch City, Addis Ababa City and Electric, finished by the same goalless tie each.

Addis Ababa City remained the bottom side on 11 points while Banks stand second from the bottom on 18 points. Last week Banks faced a shocking 4-0 defeat by Hawassa City.

Jimma Ababuna who joined the elite league this season and Electric who lifted the league trophy two times have equal 18 points. The similarity of the two sides is the last week result. Electric collected the full three points with a 3-1 win over Dire Dawa City, similarly Jimma enjoyed the sweet victory beating Addis Ababa City 1-0.

Hawassa now have 18 points while Arba Minch City collected 24 points from equal 18 games.

The defending champions Saint George who maintained the Ethiopian Premier League leadership on 35 points from 17 games didn’t play these weekends because of their international commitment in the CAF Champions League. If they win their remaining match they will comfortably maintain their leadership.

Getaneh Kebede of Dedebit is the leading scorer with 13 goals while St. George’s Adane Girma and Saladin Seid have nine goals each. Fitsum Gebre-Mariam of Electric stands third with eight goals. Getaneh has kept extending the lead by scoring in every match.

 

 

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