15 May 2017 11:26
Dedebit have been crowned champions of the Ethiopian Women’s Premier League for the third time in six years.
The all-conquering “Blues” romped to victory after edging bitter rivals and three-time league winners, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, 2-0 in the final of the Playoffs played on Sunday, May 14 at the Addis Ababa Stadium.
Dedebit were the better side in the first interval as the Bankers opted to sit back and defend. The midfield dominance of the holders gave them the superiority for the majority of the half.
With star forward Loza Abera leading the attack, Dedebit tested the Bankers on numerous occasions of the first half. Nehemiya Abera broke the deadlock in the 24th minute to put Dedebit ahead. The Bankers custodian Dagmawit Mekonen’s loose ball from a corner kick fell to Nehemiya, who bundled home from close range.
In the second half, Commercial Bank trainer Birhanu Gizaw brought on striker Bizunesh Sisay to partner Rehima Zerga, and the change came handy as the Bankers pushed to draw even.
Relying on the long ball strategy, the Bankers were more on the offensive but to the surprise of the fans, they failed to create clear goal scoring chances.
Loza, who was a thorn in the flesh of the Bankers backline, sealed the win 13 minutes from time. After collecting a long pass from the middle, Loza slotted home calmly for her 33rd goal of the season.
In the third place match, a dominant Adama City cruised past Hawassa City 2-0 to to claim bronze.
It was Dedebit's third title, equaling Commercial Bank of Ethiopia’s record, achieved during the leadership of new coach Getu Teshome.
Of the six finals, the two capital based clubs have played each other five times, whilst Commercial Bank of Ethiopia is the only side to ever play in six finals.
Debutants Bole Sub City took home the Fair Play award while Abera was crowned goal queen for the third time running after netting 33 goals.
The 2016/17 Ethiopian Women’s Premier League was contested between 20 clubs, a record high since the establishment of the league. The teams were divided into two groups, each group comprising of 10 clubs.