Defence Force S.C.
|Full name||Defence Force Sport Club|
Addis Ababa Stadium|
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Chairman||Ato Emanuel Fentahun|
|League||Ethiopian Premier League|
Defence Force Sport Club (a.k.a. Mekelakeya) is an Ethiopian football club, in the city of Addis Ababa.  They play in the Ethiopian Premier League, the top level of professional football in Ethiopia. . The team was named on past Army SC and Mechal SC.
Mekelakeya is historically the second most successful club in Ethiopian football history with 11 top division titles, with the most recent coming in 1989. Their dominance in the early years of Ethiopian football was cemented with 6 titles in the span of 8 years from 1949 to 1956. After relative dormancy in the 1960s and 1970s, the club returned to its dominant ways in the 80's by winning 4 titles. The club also has enjoyed success in the Ethiopian Cup, winning it 13 times.
On April 30th, 2018 the club was involved in a match where they were awarded a goal that their opponents, Welwalo Adigrat University, disputed. An altercation followed that ultimately led to a member of the Welwalo coaching staff physically attacking the referee.
Domestic Cup Competition
Defense entered the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup as the runners-up in the 2016 Ethiopian Cup. They were knocked out of the tournament by Cameroonian side Yong Sports Academy 2-1 on aggregate in the preliminary round.
Addis Ababa Stadium, which has a capacity of 35,000, is their home.
- Geberemedhin Haile
- 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1976, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1989
- Ethiopian Cup: 13
- 1946, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1975, 1982, 1990, 2006, 2013, 2015
Performance in CAF competitions
- African Cup of Champions Clubs: 1 appearance
- 1977 – First Round
- CAF Confederation Cup: 2 appearance
- CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 1 appearance
- 1976 – Quarter-finals
- "Referee attacked by Ethiopian footballers for goal decision". BBC. May 1, 2018.
- Okinyo, Collins (September 27, 2015). "Defense(Mekelakeya) lift Ethiopia Football Federation Cup for a record 13th time". soka25east.
- Chuma, Festus (February 20, 2017). "2017 CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round summary". soka25east.
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