Jimma AbaJifar takes top table for the first time


Aggressively determined to strong Ethiopian Premier League title contender Jimma AbaJifar wrangled away the top table spot from Dedebit after crashing away victory over Sidama Bunna. A three points forfeit against Woldya Ketema followed by an astonishing home victory over Dedebit, Fasil Ketema has joined the heavy weights.
Head coach Gebremedin Haile’s 4-4-2 formation spearheaded by Okiki Afolabi and Samson Kolcha appeared to be too strong to the home side Sidama Bunna. Adama Sisoco, Afolabi and Henok Essayas on the score sheet AbaJifar returned home with all three points thus took the driving seat of the league for the first time in the club’s history. Three wins, one draw and one defeat since the start of the second round, AbaJifar is proudly sitting on top of the table with 35 points from twenty matches. Leading scorer Okiki Afolabi’s goal tally reached 12 while Dawa Hutesa and Getaneh Kebede behind each with nine goals.
A single win in the past five matches Dedebit’s misery continues with the latest 1-0 away defeat to Fasil Ketema. The winning goal from Nigerian Philip Dawzi, newly appointed head coach Mesay Teferi’s record shows two wins out of two while the side shouldered in among the top four with 32 points. Dedebit sits second two points below the leaders.
Ethiopia Bunna recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at home against Welwalo Adigrat. Two goals in the final three minutes through Aschalew Girma and Baptist Faye, “The Brown Shirts” positioned third in the table with 32 points and a goal difference from fasil Ketema.
For the first time in the score sheet since the season’s opening hat trick, Dawit Fekadu scored to Hawassa in their 2-1 home win over strong side Adama Ketema. Hawassa stands seventh in the table with 29 points while a game in hand Adama eighth in goal differences. Fitsum G/Mariam in his debut winning goal to his new side Mekelakya, the Army side took tenth with 22 points while miserable Woldya is slipping down to 12th in the table.