Dire Dawa CitySport Club (Amharic: á‹µáˆ¬á‹³á‹‹ áŠ¨á‰°áˆ› áˆµá–áˆá‰µ áŠáˆˆá‰¥), also known as Dire Dawa Kenema (or Ketema), is an Ethiopian football club based in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. They are a member of the Ethiopian Football Federation and currently play in the top division of Ethiopian football, the Ethiopian Premier League.
Dire Dawa Kenema was originally founded in 1982 (1975 E.C.) until the club went defunct. It was founded again in 2003 (1996 EC) with the hopes of restoring Dire Dawa's historic place in Ethiopian football. The following year (2004â€“05) the club played in a regional league (then considered the third tier of Ethiopian football). In 2005â€“06 the club entered the second tier of Ethiopian football called the Ethiopian National League (now called the Ethiopian Higher League). The club entered the Ethiopian Premier League for the first time in 2007â€“08 season.
Dire Dawa Kenema spent the first few season in the top division battling relegation. The club lost its best player from the 2009â€“10 season, Ashenafi Girma, to Meta Abo Beer F.C. during the 2010â€“11 season. Dire Dawa Kenema was relegated from the Premier League after the 2011-12 season. Dire Dawa Kenema was promoted back to the Ethiopian Premier League after the 2014â€“15 season and managed to finish 11th in the 2015â€“16 season avoiding relegation. The club battled relegation in the two seasons since then and avoided relegation each time. The club signed Yosef Dengeto to a contract in March 2018. Former coach of the Ethiopian National team Yohannes Sahle signed on to coach the club on August 3, 2018.
They play at the 18,000 capacity Dire Dawa Stadium.
Dire Dawa Women's Football Club plays in the first division of the Ethiopian Women's Premier League.
Dire Dawa Sport Club Academy consists of the U20 team. Players from the U20 team are often picked to fill a few roster spots at the senior level from time to time.
As of 12 January 2020
President: Abdulselam Mohammed Vice President: Sultan Ali General Manager: Fitsum Kinfishe
Coaching and Medical staff
Manager: Simon Abay Assistant coach: Fisseha Tuomelsa