Ethiopia Football: Defence Force defeats CBE 1-0

Addis Ababa – Defence Force rebounded from its recent slump to defeat CBE 1-0 here today and close the gap at the top of the Ethiopian Premier League (EPL), wrote Ermias Amare.

Chala Driba scored his 11th goal of the season, which sent his team to 3rd place.

Meanwhile, Hawassa City, one of the favorites to win the championship early in the season, seems to have hit a brick wall as it fell 1-0 to lowly Sebeta City at home in Yirgalem. Dawit Mebratu scored the lone goal of the game.

In the Addis Ababa double header, Lideta Nyala failed to take home field advantage as it lost 3-2 to Trans Ethiopia.  Ahmed Said, the brother of St. George striker Salhadin, scored a hat-trick. Girum Bashaye and Tafesse Solomon scored for Nyala.

EEPCO, which has been languishing at the bottom of the table for a long time and was once doomed to be relegated, seems to have found its form at the right time as it scored another victory (1-0) today in Fincha.

Dedebit vs Sidama Coffee

Dedebit FC can overtake St. George at the top of the EPL if it defeats or draw with Sidama Coffee in Yirgalem tomorrow.

Dedebit is expected to go for a victory as it will put them 2 points clear of St. George, while a draw will put the two teams on equal footing (46pts). Dedebit has a better goal difference (+27) than St. George (+18).

However, Sidama Coffee (43pts) is not a push over team. Currently seated in 5th place, the surprising southern side could close the gap at the top with a victory of its own.

 

Week 25 Results:

Monday: May 23, 2011

Defence Force vs CBE 1-0

Lideta Nyala vs Trans Ethiopia 2-3

Hawassa City vs Sebeta City 0-1

Fincha Sugar vs EEPCO 0-1

Tuesday: May 24, 2011

Harar Brewery vs Adama City

Sidama Coffee vs Dedebit

Wednesday: May 25, 2011

Dire Dawa City vs Mugher Cement

 

Rank Teams GP Won Draw Lost GF- GA GD Points
1 Saint George 25 13 8 4 34 – 16 +18 47
2 Dedebit FC 24 14 4 6 49 – 22 +27 46
3 Defence Force 25 13 7 5 43 – 27 +16 46
4 Ethiopian Coffee 25 12 10 3 41 – 25 +16 46
5 Sidama Coffee 24 9 13 2 27 – 16 +11 40
6 Harar Brewery FC 24 8 12 4 26 – 18 + 8 36
7 Hawassa City FC 25 9 9 7 35 – 30 + 5 36
8 EEPCO FC 25 9 6 10 31 – 29 + 2 33
9 Mugher Cement 24 9 6 9 21 – 23 + 2 33
10 Dire Dawa City 24 8 5 11 22 – 33 -11 29
11 Adama City FC 24 7 7 10 23 – 35 -12 28
12 Sebeta City 25 7 7 11 25 – 32 -7 27
13 Ethiopian Banks SC 25 6 8 11 23 – 32 -9 26
14 Trans Ethiopia 25 6 8 11 22 – 35 -13 26
15 Lideta Nyala 25 5 6 14 23 – 41 -18 21
16 Fincha Sugar 24 0 9 15 14 – 45 -31 9

 

Top Scorers?

15 Getaneh Kebede (Dedebit)
15 Adane Girma (St George)
14 Biniyam Assefa (Sebeta)
12 Dawit Fekadu (Dedebit)
11 Chala Diriba (Defense)
11 Philip Dawuzi (EEPCO)
11 Fitsum G/Mariam (Mugher)
10 Oumed Ukuri (Defense)
10 Mulualem Tilahun (Coffee)

 

 

 

 

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