Azam FC survived a scare on the second minute as a Fasil Kenema FC winger whipped in a pin point delivery, his teammate then frustratingly failed to slot home from within the area.
The hosts saw more of the ball in the first 10 minutes of the clash played at a packed Bahir Dar Stadium, making full use of flanks to torment the visitors.
Fasil pushed up front on several occasions at the time in pursuit of an early goal that could unsettle Azam.
Fasil Kenema continued to push for the opener and they, in the process, put Azam FC defense under pressure.
The Ethiopians threatened to post a goal on the 20th minute in which Azam’s central defender Oscar Masai had to react on time to frustrate the former’s forward that had sped into the area and attempted to beat keeper Razak Abalora.
Azam slowly grew in confidence later on, they had their first meaningful opportunity four minutes from the breather when midfielder Salum Abubakary’s left foot attempt from outside the area went straight into Fasil keeper’s hands.
The hosts grabbed the opener during the added on time of the period via forward Bezabih Meleyo that slammed home from within the area after he had been released by team mate.
The Ethiopians led by the lone goal at the breather.
The visitors were a rejuvenated side after the restart, they had several good opportunities only to be let down by poor finishing.
In one of Azam’s opportunities, forward Richard Djodi went for a diving header within Fasil’s area from a good cross whipped by Iddi Selemani, the effort disappointingly went off target.
Fasil, however, still looked likely to register more goals, they had a good opportunity later on when the squad’s striker cut in from the left but managed a weak effort which was easily saved by Abalora.
Azam threatened to level matters later in the period after Richard’s right foot attempt had hit Fasil’s crossbar.
The visitors continued to press forward in an effort to level matters, wasting several more opportunities.