Addis Ababa – Defending champion St. George and last year’s runner-up Dedebit FC climbed to the top of the Ethiopian Premier League with victories over Trans Ethiopia (5-0) and Mugher Cement (2-0) respectively here today, reported Ermias Amare.

Dedebit FC and S. George now have 46 points from 24 matches, but the former has a better goal difference (+27 compared to +18).

Last week’s leader Ethiopian Coffee dropped two valuable points in Fincha, where they were held to a scoreless tie. Coffee now seats in third place with 45 points.

Meanwhile, Sidama Coffee, the surprising side of the current season, beat Adama City 2-0 in Adama.

The league will continue tomorrow with four more matches taking place in Addis Ababa, Sebeta and Hawassa.

St. George vs Trans Ethiopia

In the first match of the Addis Ababa double header, St. George defeated Trans Ethiopia 5-0 with goals coming from Adane Girma (2), Mesfin Kidane, Anthony Bogoli and Andualem Negussie.

Adane Girma now shares the top scorers’ list with Getaneh Kebede of Dedebit FC with 15 goals each.

Dedebit FC vs Mugher Cement

Following a scoreless first-half, Dedebit scored two goals through Temesgen Tekle and Behailu Assefa.

Should Defence Force win in Hawassa tomorrow, the league will have a three way tie.

Week 24 Results:
Wednesday May 18
• Fincha Sugar – ETH Coffee (Fincha) 0-0
• Adama – Sidama Coffee (Adama) 0-2
• St George – Trans (Addis Ababa) 5-0
• Dedebit – Mugher (Addis Ababa) 2-0
Thursday May 19
• Awassa – Defense (Awassa) 9:00
• Sebeta – DireDawa (Sebeta) 9:00
• EEPCO – CBE (Addis Ababa) 10:00
• Nyala – Harar Beer (Addis Ababa) 12:00

 

Rank Teams Played Wins Draw Lost Diff GD Points
1 Dedebit FC 24 14 4 6 49 – 22 +27 46
2 Saint George 24 13 7 4 34 – 16 +18 46
3 Ethiopian Coffee 24 12 9 3 41-25 +16 45
4 Defence Force 23 12 7 4 41 – 25 +16 43
5 Sidama Coffee 24 9 13 2 27 – 16 +11 40
6 Hawassa City FC 23 8 9 6 33 – 28 + 5 33
6 Harar Brewery FC 23 7 12 4 23 – 18 + 5 33
8 Mugher Cement 24 9 6 9 21 – 23 + 2 33
9 Dire Dawa City 23 8 5 10 22 – 31 -9 29
10 Adama City FC 24 7 7 10 23 – 35 -12 28
11 EEPCO FC 23 7 6 10 28 – 29 – 1 27
12 Ethiopian Banks SC 23 6 8 9 23 – 29 -6 26
13 Trans Ethiopia 24 5 8 11 19- 34 -15 23
14 Sebeta City 23 5 7 11 22 – 32 -11 21
15 Lideta Nyala 23 5 6 12 21 – 35 -14 21
16 Fincha Sugar 24 0 9 15 14 – 45 -31 9

 

Leading Goal Scorers?
15 Getaneh Kebede (Dedebit)
15 Adane Girma (St George)
13 Biniyam Assefa (Sebeta)
12 Dawit Fekadu (Dedebit)
11 Fitsum G/Mariam (Mugher)
10 Oumed Ukuri (Defense)
10 Mulualem Tilahun (Coffee)
9 Chala Diriba (Defense)
9 Philip Dawuzi (EEPCO)
8 Biniyam Ayele (Harar Beer)

 

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