Ethiopian muddy cup championship reaches third round


Reigning premier League champions Saint George and league leaders Jimma AbaJifar booked a place in the 2018 Knock Out championship third round fixtures while strong side Mekele was booted out after a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Ethio-Electric.
A muddy knock-out championship at Addis Ababa stadium, Saint George defeated visitors Wolayta Dicha to 1-0 score line. With number of star players absent Saint George returned home with an important victory thanks to Mentesenot Adane’s first half winning goal. Though Wolayta Dicha twice missed golden chances at the final minutes of the first half, it was all about the home side dominating the show. The winner of Hawassa and Sidama Bunna match faces Saint George in the next phase.
A braid from Fitsum G/Mariam including a penalty, Mekelakya trashed out visitors Diredawa after a 3-2 home victory. Though man of the match Dagnachew Bekele grabbed two goals, the muddy field was more to the advantage of “The Army Side” that went through. Mekelakya faces Fasil in the next round.
A goal less away draw against in poor form Ethio-Electric, Mekele’s dream of a semifinal stage turned in to a nightmare after a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat. The two foreign players Nuhu Fuseiny and Achempong Amos missed from the spot therefore Electric made it in to the last six. Electric’s next meeting is against league leaders Jimma AbaJifar.
Ethiopia Bunna returned with a penalty shootout away victory against home side Arbaminch. Baptist Faye gave the visitors an early lead after a defensive blunder only to be cancelled out after just after seventeen minutes through Fekadu Mekonen’s equalizer. “We are battling for a trophy after six years,” Ethiopia Bunna head coach Didier Gomes told reporters.