Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Defending champions St. George FC finds itself in unfamiliar territory, where it currently languishes at the bottom of the Ethiopian League Table.
After 3 matches of the new Ethiopian Premier League season, St. George is ranked 15th, just one clear of last placed team Hawassa City.
The team is backed by EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s richest man, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, to the tune of several million Birr a year.Ã‚Â It hired Italian Giuseppe Dossena, a member of the 1982 World Cup winning Azzurri squad, at the beginning of the year and it alsoÃ‚Â brought in professional players from abroad, including a goalkeeper from Serbia.
But despite all these efforts, the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s results have so far been abysmal. Following a 1-1 draw with Sebeta City at home, it lost its next two matches to Lideta Nyala and Adama City, by an identical score of 2-1.
Football insiders in Addis have pointed out playersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ injuries as the main reason for the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trouble, and that they are optimistic that it will eventually rebound from the slump that it currently is.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Yirgalem: Hawassa City Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mugher Cement 2-2
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Sebeta: Sebeta City Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Lideta Nyala 1-0
Adama: Adama City Ã¢â‚¬â€œ St. George 2-1
Fincha: Fincha Sugar Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Dedebit FCÃ‚Â 1-1
Dire Dawa: Dire Dawa City Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ethiopian BanksÃ‚Â 0-1
Addis Ababa: Defence Force Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Sidama Coffee 1-0
Addis Ababa: EEPCO Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Harar Brewery 1-0
Adigrat: Trans Ethiopia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ethiopian Coffee 1-1