Ethiopia Super Cup: Fair Play, Please!

The Ethiopian Coffee vs St. George encounter was marred by fouls and injuries. (Photo: Courtesy of

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Yesterday’s Ethiopia Super Cup encounter between Ethiopian Coffee and St. George ended in the former winning the match in a slender 2-1 score.

There were too many untimed tackles, which spoiled what would rather have been an entertaining encounter.

The match was transmitted live on ETV’s channel 3, thus begging the question for more responsibility from all sides. Players should not forget that they are role models for youngsters watching and they shall behave accordingly.

Coffee’s First-Half Domination

Ethiopian coffee not only dominated the first half of the match but also produced two goals. Tafesse Tesfaye scored the opening goal while Samuel Taye made the most out of opposition goal keeper Robert’s blunder for the second goal.

St. George showed a much improved display in the second half and created chances. It seemed like the recent departure of their coach has created some instability in the club. In a post-match interview with ETV, care taker coach Fasil Tekalign stated that he is confident his team will produce a winning result in the second leg and crucial match on Tuesday.

International referee Be-Amlak Tessema handled the match pretty well, However, the fact he added 7 extra minutes to the match, during which time Suleiman Mohammed scored  a goal for St. George , didn’t please Coffee coach Wubetu Abate. Part of the reason for the extension was that referee Tessema himself needed medical attention after he suffered what seemed like leg cramp.

In a bizarre ending, Ethiopian Coffee’s Mulu Alem Tilahun received a red card for taking his case too far with the referee.

St. George’s late goal scored by Suleiman Mohammed could prove crucial in the corresponding exchange on Tuesday. We hope to see a better display of fair play by then.



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