Premier League: Week 5 Saw Six Draws

The 2016/17 Ethiopian Premier League week 5 elapsed with six draws out of the eight games played across the country. Only Addis Ababa sides Ethiopia Bunna and Ethiopia Nigd Bank collected maximum points during the fifth round.

Table toppers Kidus Giorgis and Adama Ketema have settled for a point each after their draw in Addis. The game was officiated by International arbiter Bamlak Tessema, who happened to be the only Ethiopian selected to officiate African Nations Cup 2017. Both sides had a chance to score but their defenses stood firm as they share spoil.


Ethiopia Nigd Bank came from behind to beat Addis Ababa Ketema 2-1. Addis Ababa Ketema took the lead through Zerihun Birhanu‘s 77th minute strike. The Bankers hit back instantly three minutes later as Nigerian Peter Nuwadke converted a spot kick. Second half substitute Samuel Yohannis sealed the win in the dying moments of the tie to hand coach Tsegaye Kidanmariam maiden three points of the season.


Hawassa Ketema and Mekelakeya played out a two all draw in a very controversial game that saw four red cards. Menyelu Wendimu gave the Army side the lead at stroke of half time before Togolese Arafat Djako leveled matters in the 58th minute. Winger Gadissa Mebrate gave the two times Premier League champions the lead ten minutes following the equalizer. Nonetheless, he was red carded for taking his shirt off while celebrating. The match official has also gave two Hawassa and one Mekelakeya player their marching order. Carlos Damtew rescued Mekelakeya just before the end of the duel to salvage a point away.


In other duels Jimma Aba Bunna holds Dedebit to a barren draw while the Amhara Derby between Woldia and Fasil Ketema ended in a goalless draw. Elsewhere, Easterners Dire Dawa Ketema picked up a much needed point after drawing 0-0 against Wolaitta Dicha in Sodo.

Kidus Giorgis still tops the log table with 10 points whilst Sidama Bunna are second with a point shy of the record Ethiopian champions. Dedebit and Adama Ketema are third and fourth with 8 points. Ethio-Electric, Hawassa Ketema and Ethiopia Nigd Bank are dangling on the relegation zone after picking up 4 points from five rounds.


Week 5

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ethio-Electric 1-1 ArbaMinch Ketema

(26’ Fitsum GebreMariam/ 44’ GebreMichael Yacob)

Ethiopia Bunna 2-1 Sidama Bunna

(10’ Samuel Sanumi [PK] 23’ Yabeun William / 54’ Fitsum Teferi)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wolaitta Dicha 0-0 Dire Dawa Ketema

Kidus Giorgis 0-0 Adama Ketema

Woldia SC 0-0 Fasil Ketema

Hawassa Ketema 2-2 Mekelakeya

(58’Arafat Djako 68’ Gadissa Mebrate/ 45+2’ Menyelu Wendimu 90+3’ Carlos Dametew)

Jimma Aba Bunna 0-0 Dedebit

Addis Ababa Ketema 1-2 Ethiopia Nigd Bank

(77’ Zerihun Birhanu / 80’ Peter Nuwadke [PK] 90’ Samuel Yohannis)


Week 6

Sunday, December 18, 2016

15:00 – ArbaMinch Ketema vs. Addis Ababa Ketema (ArbaMinch)

15:00 – Dedebit vs. Ethio-Electric (Addis Ababa Stadium)

15:00 – Fasil Ketema vs. Hawassa Ketema (Fasiledes Stadium)

15:00 – Adama Ketema vs. Woldia SC (Adama Abebe Bikila Stadium)

15:00 – Sidama Bunna vs. Kidus Giorgis (Yirgalem)

15:00 – Wolaitta Dicha vs. Ethiopia Bunna (Sodo)

16:00 – Dire Dawa Ketema vs. Ethiopia Nigd Bank (Dire Dawa Stadium)

17:30 – Mekelakeya vs. Jimma Aba Bunna (Addis Ababa Stadium)

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