Uganda out to thump Ethiopia in CECAFA

Uganda out to thump Ethiopia in CECAFA

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Dec 10, 2017. 14:00

Uganda will want to beat Ethiopia on Sunday as the two nations meet in a Group B clash of the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge.

The Cranes are a motivated outfit after their 5-1 win over South Sudan on Thursday and will be chasing their second win.

Coach Moses Basena has assembled a strong squad and their mission is to reach the semifinals en route to their title defence.

The defending champions are all but through to the semifinals of the competition although they still have the small matter of Ethiopia to deal with.

“We needed to get our rhythm back. I’m glad we have it now because we also want to win the last one and qualify as the top team in the group,” said Bernard Muwanga.

“We needed the goal margin to top the group because having drawn in the first I feel we needed a little respect as the champions.

“At this level of competition I wouldn’t say I want to meet a specific team in the semis.

“We are the defending champions and I think it should be other teams thinking about us and not us thinking about them.”

On the log table, Uganda occupy the top spot with four points from two matches, they have bagged a single win and one draw.

However, meeting the Walia Ibex, who are desperate to bag a win and force a berth in the knockout stages, will not be easy.

Ethiopia are still licking their wounds after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Burundi on Thursday and will want to bounce back.

Occupying the third spot with three points from two matches in the group means the East African will do everything to beat the Cranes.

Meanwhile, this will be the 40th meeting between the two countries and Uganda have won 15 matches, drew eight and lost 16.

Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega will be the venue for the encounter at 16:00.

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