Ethiopian Premier League 2023 season is back in action over the weekend after nearly two months break due to international fixtures. With the first round third phase five fixtures to take place at Diredawa stadium, all sixteen sides are already on the move to the famous city.
If you forgot how things are before the break, here is a brief refresher: back to the top tier after eight years Ethiopia Insurance alias Medin sits atop one point clear of second and third place Kidus Giorgis and Baherdar while Arbaminch, Ethio-Electric and Legetafo Ketema in serious struggle to stay afloat of the relegation zone.
Two wins and a draw in the last three outings, in top form Medin faces 11th place Adama Ketema that lost 3-0 to Ethiopia Bunna before going to the break. Medin leads the pack with 26 points from 13 matches.
Two wins, two draws and a single defeat in the past five matches third place Baherdar Ketema entertains sixth place with 19 points Hawassa Ketema while 9th place Wolkite Ketema visits 5th place Wolayta Dicha.
Lucky to get the chance of hosting the third phase five fixtures Diredawa Ketema is expected to be back to winning style in front of home supporters. Two defeats in a row, the break was a good omen to Coach Yordanos Abay famous for his players’ handling and tactical knowhow. Diredawa is 7th with 18 points while the visitors Arbaminch Ketema are in poor performance having one win in five matches in a row.
Newly appointed Coach Ashenafi Bekele’s derby match at Fasil Ketema is against relegation threatened Ethio-Electric.10th in the table and five consecutive matches without a win, Ashenafi is going to Diredawa in a must win situation for this is best opportunity to put his signature in bold color.