By Zecharias Zelalem –
Dedebit opened their continental campaign with a 3-2 victory over Seychelles side Cote d’Or at the tiny Stade d’Amitié. The It’s a nice change of tone for Dedebit fans who have otherwise suffered a torrid time, with their team suffering elimination from the EFF Cup and putting on a dismal display for the first half of the season that has the 2012-13 league champions languishing in seventh place.
Dedebit trailed 1-0 at the half, but despite being without the likes of captain Birhanu Bogale with injury, they were enforced by the return of four foreign internationals, who had originally been sent back to Addis Ababa by the Seychelles government due to visa issues. Longtime regulars Gabriel Ahmed, Adamo Mohammed, recently signed Ghanaian goalkeeper Sulemana Abubakari and Ethiopian Premier league second highest goalscorer Samuel Sanumi, rejoined the team only about an hour before kick off.
In the second half, 2012-13 Ethiopian league season second highest scorer Dawit Fekadu scored a brace to give Dedebit the lead before Samuel Sanumi, who was thrown on as a substitute scored his team’s third, set up by Dawit Fekadu to make it 3-1. The home side scored another goal to make it a nervy final few minutes, but the Blues escaped with a 3-2 away win.
Unless Cote d’Or score two goals in the return leg, Dedebit will progress to the CAF Confederations Cup first round. Coach Yohannes Sahle‘s charges will play the return leg in a couple weeks time in Bahr Dar reportedly.