Kidus Giorgis, Ethiopia Bunna Settled for a Draw

The highly anticipated Sheger Derby between cross city rivals Kidus Giorgis and Ethiopia Bunna have shared points in Ethiopian Premier League week 23 fixtures duel played on Saturday April 16 in Addis Ababa Stadium.

Eko Fevor’s early goal for Bunna was canceled out by Salahdin Said’s second half penal as both sides share spoils. Ethiopia Bunna looked the better side in the first interval even without having influential midfielders like Elias Mamo and Gatoch Panom. Salahdin headed effort from close range for the game’s first attempt on goal was easily dealt with Hariston Hessou. In the 17th minute Aschalew Girma forced a save from Robert Odongkara. Ethiopia Bunna clinched the lead a minute later when Nigerian import Fevor struck a rebound. Abdulkerim Mohammed’s effort from range rattled the post before the unmarked Fevor fired home with a powerful shot as he founds the back of the net against Kidus Giorgs yet again having scored the winner in the first round.

Kidus Giorgis struggled to cope up with Ethiopia Bunna’s short passes in the first interval. To make things even worse Odongkara was limped off five minute after the hour mark through injury as Zerihun Tadele replaced him to be behind the post.

The second half was completely different for the Horsemen as the pile the pressure on Bunna. Abebaw Butako’s perfect free kick from 30 meters out was parried away by Hessou in the 59th minute. Asechalew missed a great chance on the other end after a good counter attack found him inside the area. In the 66th minute Salahdin put Kidus Giorgis on level terms through a successful spot kick.

Both sides have chances to seal the win later on in which they squandered. Aschalew’s effort was cleared off the line by Zerihun while Hessou was on point to deny second half substitute Adane Girma.

Ethiopia Bunna players protested decisions by the match arbiter when Samuel Sanumi brought down in the area twice. The referee waved play on in both occasions leaving Bunna players frustrated. Following the draw Kidus retained their lead at summit with 40 points while Ethiopia Bunna leapfrogged Adama Ketema to be 4th with 36 points.

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