EFF Cup Final Preview : Mekelakeya vs. Hawassa Kenema

The 2014/15 EFF Cup will get its conclusion tomorrow at Addis Abeba Stadium. Mekelakeya and Hawassa Kenema will battle it out to lift the EFF Cup and also ensure their place in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup.

Mekelakeya beat league champions Kidus Giorgis to reach the final for the second time in three years. New signing Addisu Tesfaye and Behailu Girma scored the goals. Giorgis dominated the first 20 minutes but right after Mekelakeya started to possess the ball everything changed.
Mekelakeya head coach Gebermedhin Haile hopes his side will rectify the past mistakes.
“In the game against Kidus Giorgis they were dominant in the first 20 minutes. We tried to work on our problem that was seen in the first 20 minutes against Giorgis. Our decisive victory in the semis gave us a much needed winning spirit. We were preparing for the new Ethiopian Premier League season in the summer. Nonetheless, wining the EFF Cup is also our goal. We succeeded at the semi final. We are only left with the final. Hawassa Kenema is a much changed side now. I noticed a change in the team. However, our aim is to win the game and hopefully we will win.” said Gebremedhin.
The injured goalie Jemal Tassew is still a doubt for the Army side. Meanwhile, defender Tewodros Bekele is out of the game due to injury in his hand. Striker Mohammed Nasser will also miss the game since he didn’t fully recover from his injury.

Hawassa Kenema hopes to lift the EFF Cup trophy after a decade. Hawassa perceived to play possession based football that was demonstrated during the semi final game against Wolaitta Dicha. Hawassa is a strong side but play maker Tafesse Solomon and striker Temesgen Tekele are not available for the two times Ethiopian Premier League champions. This is a major problem for Hawassa. The absence of Tafesse and Temesgen was deeply felted during the Wolaitta Dicha game. One of the things that made this game to be more anticipated is that both Mekelakeya and Hawassa plays possession based football.
Hawassa Kenema head coach Webetu Abate in exclusive interview with Soccer Ethiopia said fans should expect some changes in the squad that faced Wolaitta Dicha.
“Don’t expect us to play in the same system over and over again. We will have a game plan based on our opponents approach. Mekelakeya is a strong side that transcended Kidus Giorgis. Hence, we cannot put them in the same circle with Wolaitta Dicha. Therefore, we will put a team that can compete with them.” said Webetu.
Webetu added the team is highly motivated to get back to continental competition.
“Since it is a final, our focus is on the game. The team spirit is second to none. It has been a long time sinece this club took part in continental competition. We will play to change that course of history.”
Hawassa Kenema’s star players Temesgen Tekele and Tafesse Solomon still didn’t recover from injury. Defender Addisalem Tesfaye is available for Hawassa on Saturday after missing the semi final due to suspension. Midfielder Ephrem Zekaris is a doubt after sustaining injury this week. Ephrem made his debut fopr Hawassa last Tuesday against Wolaitta Dicha in place of the injured Tafesse Solomon.

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Round 1
30 Sep 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
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AMK
30 Sep 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
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ELCETRIC
1 Oct 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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GIORGIS
1 Oct 2022 16:00
DIRE
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SIDAMA
2 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
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BUNNA
2 Oct 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
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TAFO
3 Oct 2022 13:00
FASIL
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ADAMA
3 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
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HOSSANA
Round 2
6 Oct 2022 13:00
ELCETRIC
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GIORGIS
6 Oct 2022 16:00
AMK
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MEDIN
7 Oct 2022 13:00
BAHIRDAR
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WOLKITE
7 Oct 2022 16:00
ADAMA
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MECHAL
8 Oct 2022 13:00
BUNNA
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HAWASSA
8 Oct 2022 16:00
DICHA
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FASIL
9 Oct 2022 13:00
TAFO
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DIRE
9 Oct 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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SIDAMA
Round 3
12 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
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ELCETRIC
12 Oct 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
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ADAMA
13 Oct 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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AMK
13 Oct 2022 16:00
FASIL
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BAHIRDAR
14 Oct 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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TAFO
14 Oct 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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GIORGIS
15 Oct 2022 13:00
DIRE
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HOSSANA
15 Oct 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
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BUNNA
Round 4
18 Oct 2022 13:00
FASIL
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MECHAL
18 Oct 2022 16:00
DICHA
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MEDIN
19 Oct 2022 13:00
ADAMA
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GIORGIS
19 Oct 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
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HAWASSA
20 Oct 2022 13:00
AMK
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HOSSANA
20 Oct 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
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DIRE
21 Oct 2022 13:00
BUNNA
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SIDAMA
21 Oct 2022 16:00
ELCETRIC
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TAFO
Round 5
24 Oct 2022 13:00
HAWASSA
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DIRE
24 Oct 2022 16:00
FASIL
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GIORGIS
25 Oct 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
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SIDAMA
25 Oct 2022 16:00
MECHAL
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MEDIN
26 Oct 2022 13:00
DICHA
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HOSSANA
26 Oct 2022 16:00
ELCETRIC
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ADAMA
27 Oct 2022 13:00
BAHIRDAR
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TAFO
27 Oct 2022 16:00
BUNNA
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AMK
Round 6
1 Nov 2022 13:00
HAWASSA
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FASIL
1 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
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BUNNA
2 Nov 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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DICHA
2 Nov 2022 16:00
WOLKITE
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ELCETRIC
3 Nov 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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BAHIRDAR
3 Nov 2022 16:00
GIORGIS
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AMK
4 Nov 2022 13:00
SIDAMA
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ADAMA
4 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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TAFO
Round 7
7 Nov 2022 13:00
GIORGIS
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WOLKITE
7 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
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MECHAL
8 Nov 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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ELCETRIC
8 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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HAWASSA
9 Nov 2022 13:00
AMK
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BAHIRDAR
9 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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FASIL
10 Nov 2022 13:00
ADAMA
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BUNNA
10 Nov 2022 16:00
TAFO
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DICHA
Round 8
13 Nov 2022 13:00
HOSSANA
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HAWASSA
13 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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MEDIN
14 Nov 2022 13:00
ADAMA
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DICHA
14 Nov 2022 16:00
GIORGIS
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MECHAL
15 Nov 2022 13:00
BUNNA
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BAHIRDAR
15 Nov 2022 16:00
TAFO
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WOLKITE
16 Nov 2022 13:00
AMK
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FASIL
16 Nov 2022 16:00
DIRE
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ELCETRIC
Round 9
19 Nov 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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SIDAMA
19 Nov 2022 16:00
HAWASSA
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GIORGIS
20 Nov 2022 13:00
MEDIN
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DIRE
20 Nov 2022 16:00
ELCETRIC
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BUNNA
21 Nov 2022 13:00
WOLKITE
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HOSSANA
21 Nov 2022 16:00
DICHA
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AMK
22 Nov 2022 13:00
FASIL
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TAFO
22 Nov 2022 16:00
BAHIRDAR
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ADAMA
Round 10
25 Nov 2022 13:00
MECHAL
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ELCETRIC
25 Nov 2022 16:00
MEDIN
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HAWASSA
26 Nov 2022 13:00
DIRE
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WOLKITE
26 Nov 2022 16:00
SIDAMA
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FASIL
27 Nov 2022 13:00
GIORGIS
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DICHA
27 Nov 2022 16:00
HOSSANA
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BAHIRDAR
28 Nov 2022 13:00
TAFO
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BUNNA
28 Nov 2022 16:00
AMK
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ADAMA
Round 11
4 Dec 2022 14:00
ADAMA
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TAFO
4 Dec 2022 17:00
BAHIRDAR
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GIORGIS
5 Dec 2022 14:00
ELCETRIC
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AMK
5 Dec 2022 17:00
HAWASSA
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MECHAL
6 Dec 2022 14:00
BUNNA
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HOSSANA
6 Dec 2022 17:00
WOLKITE
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MEDIN
7 Dec 2022 15:00
DICHA
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SIDAMA
7 Dec 2022 18:00
FASIL
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DIRE
Round 12
10 Dec 2022 14:00
MECHAL
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WOLKITE
10 Dec 2022 18:00
HOSSANA
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ADAMA
11 Dec 2022 15:00
DIRE
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DICHA
11 Dec 2022 18:00
SIDAMA
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BAHIRDAR
12 Dec 2022 15:00
HAWASSA
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ELCETRIC
12 Dec 2022 18:00
GIORGIS
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BUNNA
13 Dec 2022 15:00
MEDIN
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FASIL
13 Dec 2022 18:00
TAFO
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Round 13
16 Dec 2022 15:00
BAHIRDAR
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MECHAL
16 Dec 2022 18:00
ELCETRIC
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HOSSANA
17 Dec 2022 15:00
FASIL
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WOLKITE
17 Dec 2022 18:00
BUNNA
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MEDIN
18 Dec 2022 15:00
ADAMA
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DIRE
18 Dec 2022 18:00
DICHA
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HAWASSA
19 Dec 2022 15:00
TAFO
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GIORGIS
19 Dec 2022 18:00
AMK
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SIDAMA
Round 14
22 Dec 2022 15:00
MECHAL
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BUNNA
22 Dec 2022 18:00
FASIL
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ELCETRIC
23 Dec 2022 15:00
HAWASSA
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BAHIRDAR
23 Dec 2022 18:00
GIORGIS
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HOSSANA
24 Dec 2022 15:00
MEDIN
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ADAMA
24 Dec 2022 18:00
WOLKITE
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DICHA
25 Dec 2022 15:00
SIDAMA
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TAFO
25 Dec 2022 18:00
DIRE
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AMK
Round 15
28 Dec 2022 15:00
HOSSANA
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MEDIN
28 Dec 2022 18:00
BUNNA
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FASIL
29 Dec 2022 15:00
AMK
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HAWASSA
29 Dec 2022 18:00
TAFO
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MECHAL
30 Dec 2022 15:00
GIORGIS
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DIRE
30 Dec 2022 18:00
BAHIRDAR
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DICHA
31 Dec 2022 15:00
ELCETRIC
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SIDAMA
31 Dec 2022 18:00
ADAMA
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WOLKITE

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