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Cranes faces Ethiopia again

[Posted 04 Dec 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
Cranes faces Ethiopia again

Uganda Cranes will have to beat Ethiopia for the second time in seven days to keep their chances of another Cecafa Challenge Cup. The bizarre nature of the draw means that the two teams from group A will clash in the quarters at Namboole Stadium tomorrow.

Last Tuesday, striker Brian Umony scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Ethiopia, which put Uganda into the last eight with a game to spare. Coach Bobby Williamson’s side went on to beat South Sudan 4-0 to finish top of group A. That meant that Cranes would play the second of the two best third-placed teams from the three groups. With the top two from each group advancing automatically, Zanzibar led the third-placed teams’ table followed by Ethiopia and Sudan in that order.

Consequently, the latter got knocked out. Zanzibar will play group B winners Burundi when the quarterfinals start at Lugogo today.

The earlier game at the same venue involves group C winners Rwanda and group B runners-up Tanzania. Namboole, a centre of attention in the past week over a deplorable playing surface, will only be used for tomorrow’s quarterfinals when the Kenya-Malawi clash precedes Uganda-Ethiopia.

In total, Namboole has been accorded three days of ’rest’ as it last hosted a game on Friday when group A wound up their games. Before the conclusion of the group stages, Bobby refused to pick a team he would have loved to avoid opting to go in with an open mind.

"We will play whoever is put in front of us. We cannot choose one path," he said. His strikers have scored five of the team’s six goals so far with Umony on three.

Striker Emmanuel Okwi, who sat out of the final group game with a tooth problem, is yet to get off the mark as Cranes push for a 13th Cecafa title and fourth in five years.

In terms of selection, Bobby is very tightfisted but midfielder Saidi Kyeyune brought him a headache with his two-assist performance against South Sudan. The team is known to prefer three strikers and selecting Kyeyune would imply Hamis "Diego" Kiiza dropping to the bench.


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