13 February 2018

Ethiopia: Briefs

analysis

Wolayita Dicha get an away advantage

ADDIS ABABA - The other Ethiopian representatives Wolayita Dicha had a 1-1 away tie in their international debut against the Tanzanian side Zimamoto FC in the first leg of the preliminary round of CAF Confederation Cup held on Sunday.

Considering their poor performance in the national elite league this was little expected prior to the match.

It was seen as a good morale boost for the second leg which is scheduled to take place at Hawasa international stadium in 15 days time.

Mekele City still maintain second spot

ADDIS ABABA - Following a goalless tie against Coffee on Sunday, Mekele City maintained their second place in the topflight on 24 points. Despite dropping points on home ground Mekele's head coach Yohanes Sahile said that it is good to share a point with a side like Coffee.

Last week after beating Electric at the Addis Ababa stadium Yohanes said that his side's target this season is to remain in the topflight. He said I will achieve that mission.

In other venues, Fasil City beat the bottom side Arbaminch City 1-0 to make their tally 22. Fasil City are still comfortable by the points gathered so far. Arbaminc City are second from the bottom, that is, they are in a dangerous relegation zone.

The struggling Dire Dawa City beat Wolwalo Adigrat University two to nothing. The result helped Dire Dawa City to come out of the relegation zone.

Adama City and Jima Abajifar, Sidama Coffee and Electric finished by the same 1-1 result. Adama City and Jima Abajifar have equal 22 points.

Jima joined the elite league at the start of this season. The two-time champions Electric are the bottom side. The league leaders are Dedebit on 25 points.

Count down for FIFA World Cup arrival

ADDIS ABABA - There are only 11 days to go for the Arrival of the World Cup trophy in Addis Ababa. This will be the second time for the prestigious World Cup trophy to touch the Ethiopian soil. The first was received by the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

This time, according to the schedule President Mulatu Teshome will receive the trophy at the National Palace on February 24.

On arrival on February 24, high government officials and members of the football community along with East Africa Coca Cola Bottling Company officials are expected to give warm reception to the trophy. Coca Cola has been the main sponsor of World Cup for years.

Same day the officials are expected to give press conference on the importance of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour.

The next day on February 25, there will be a big festival at the Ghion Hotel, according to the organizers.

The tour covers 50 countries the world over.

Compiled by Solomon Bekele

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