Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The 2012/13 Ethiopian National champions and newly promoted team, Wolaita Dicha of the SNNP region, kicked off the 2013/14 Ethiopia Premier League season with a 4-0 crushing victory over Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) here yesterday.
Wolaita led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a goal by Baye Gezahegn.
Although fans of CBE expected their team to rebound in the second half, they were invited to more onslaughts by the speedy Wolaita players who added 3 more goals courtesy of Hussein Dengasso, Tesfaye Melaku (a 25-meter cracker) and Samson Kolocha.
WolaitaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coach and former Arba Minch player, Messaye Teferri, told Ethiopian Radio & Television Agency (ERTA) that he was very pleased by his teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance. CBEÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coach Tsegaye Kidane on his part said that Wolaita was the better team and deserved to win.
In other matches, EEPCo travelled south and clinched a 2-1 victory over Hawassa City. Bereket Yitsak and Teshome Tike scored for EEPCO, while Wondemenh Zeru got HawassaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lone goal.
It was another scoreless tie in Gonder as newly promoted Dashen Beer drew 0-0 with Harar Beer.
The new season kicked off on Saturday with Arba Minch Kenema sharing a point with Ethiopian Insurance after their match ended in a scoreless tie, while Defence Force defeated Sidama Coffee 3-1.
Defence scored their first goal just seven minutes into the game thanks to Manaye Fantu. Frew Solomon added a second thirty minutes later, and Binyam Angelo responded for Sidama, three minutes before half-time.
Former national team player Bedasso Hora scored DefenceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third goal in the 64th minute. Adnan Kaseem failed to convert a penalty kick for Sidama in the 85th minute, after his shot was saved Yidnekachew Kidane.
Two other matches featuring defending champions Dedebit FC, Ethiopian Coffee and St. George were postponed as the teams had more than 3 players each in camp with the Ethiopian national team, which is preparing for the second leg match of the 2014 World Cup qualifier with Nigeria.