Sidama Coffee brings home Tigray trophy


The cup final bringing visitors Sidama Coffee and Wolayta Dicha to a head on clash ended in a 1-0 victory in favor of champions Sidama. Axum Town finished third after a penalty shootout victory over Super League side Soloda Adwa.
Seven teams were placed in two groups. It was the second Tigray Cup and included: Mekele Seba Enderta, Sehul Shere, Dedebit, Axum and Soloda plus the two invited visitors from the South Sidama and Dicha. It was successful as participating teams managed to flex their muscles before the start of the season as well handing chances to young talent.
Dicha reached the cup final with seven points from two wins: 1-0 over Super League side Dedebit, a 3-1 victory over Axum and a goalless draw with Mekele while Sidama booked a cup final place with four points in two matches plus a semi-final penalty shootout victory over group two second finisher Axum.
Determined to return home with the trophy, Zeray Mulu fielded his strong side minus top scorer Addis Gedey while Wolayta Dicha appeared with the best of his squad.
Though an action packed showdown from start to finish it was decided in the only winning goal from Yegezu Bogale just six minutes in to the game.
Sidama marched home brandishing the trophy along with 200 Thousand Birr money prize while Zekarias Fekre of Axum finished top scorer with four goals.
“It was more about getting match fitness and handing chances to the young players,” best coach of the tournament Zeray Mulu suggested. “The tournament showed us how prepared we are for the new season,” he added.