Ethiopian Premier League’s (EPL) newest club Mekele City FC (M City) announced the inclusion of three new foreign players to its squad on Wednesday. The three players joining Mekele include two Ghanaians and one from Equatorial Guinea.
Banker’s midfield Binyam Belay, who recently has unsuccessful campaign trying out for the BundsLiga 2 side Dynamo Dresden, has officially signed a three-year contract for an Albanian based club Skenderbeu, the club confirmed this week. The player has secured a three-year contract with possibility of the continuation for another year.
The Banker’s young talent has already made the substitution list in Thursday’s match against Diyanmo Zagreb for the Europa League play off. It will be a great opportunity for the midfielder to play at an international level like the Europa League to improve his skill and get experience in professionalism, club said.
"Binyam is officially white-haired. The midfielder from Ethiopia has signed with general manager Gerhard Takaj a contract that links him with our club for the next three years with the possibility of renewal for another year, "says Skenderbeu’s official announcement.
Commercial Bank of Ethiopian (CBE) player was in Germany for trial session few months ago and stayed for weeks at the BundsLiga 2 side Dynamo Dresden. However, Binyam, 19, did not succeed in securing a spot at the Germany second division side and moved to the Albanian club for a similar try out session.
The young midfielder travelled to Germany after the closing match in the Ethiopian Premier League, in which the Bankers lost to St. George and were forced to be relegated to the lower division having collected just 31 points in the season.
Binyam has been given two week trail opportunity at Dresden and it was his second trail chance in Germany. The move makes the midfielder the second Ethiopian player to sign for a professional European club this year. Gatoch Panom is the other player who signed for FC Anzhi Makhachkala few months ago securing a spot with the Russian Football Premier League side.
The Skenderbeu Korce is a professional football club which hails from southeastern Albania. The club plays in the Albanian Super Liga, the top tier football in the country. Skenderbeu have won seven league titles, with the first coming in 1933 before going on 78-year run without winning the leagues. The club won regained the league title in 2011, and they have won the every year since. The clubs have won six consecutive league titles since 2011, breaking the Albanian record which had been held by Dinamo Tiran who had four consecutive titles in the 1950s.
In 2015, the club became the first Albanian side to reach the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League but they lost to Dinamo Zagreb and dropped into the UEFA Europa League, and became the first Albanian side to qualify for the group stages of a UEFA competition.