Ethiopia Dedicates the 2012/2013 Premier League Soccer Season to the Memory of Meles Zenawi

By Michael Samson
October 22, 2012

Ethiopian 2012/2013 Premier League “Meles Cup” Season Kicks-off Saturday Oct 27, 2012

The 2012/2013 Ethiopian premier league “Meles Cup” championship brings city rivals Saint George and Ethiopian Coffee in a head-on clash for the season’s opening weekend showdown. Runner-up Dedebit FC travels to Yirgalem to face Sidama Coffee while newcomers Water Sport, in their first-ever premier league match, is set to play against third place Electric FC.

The new season, dedicated to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, brings together 14 teams, including newcomers Insurance FC and Water Sport, for fixtures to be conducted in two rounds. With eight teams from Addis Ababa, three from Southern Nations and Nationalities People Region (SNNPR), two from Oromia and one from Harar in contention, the new season is expected to bring the best out the players and fans, following the superb triumph that the Ethiopian national team had against its neighbour, Sudan. The discipline and support of the great fans coupled with the determination of our players is something that will not be forgotten in a long time. Of the fourteen, two teams, Saint George and Electric, have foreign head coaches hailing from Germany and Bulgaria respectively, while more than a dozen foreign players are taking part in the league this season.

Saint George and Electric, so far, have four foreign players each, while Dedebit has bought three, Saint George, Ethiopian Coffee, Sidama Coffee, Commercial Banks, Sidama Coffee and Harar Brewery all came to the season with new head coaches. Back in the upper tier, Insurance FC is led by the popular head coach Asrat Haile. After a long absence from the league, Berhane Gebregziabher is back, leading the newly promoted Water Sport.

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