Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ethiopia Coach earmarks Harambee Stars match as must win

Ethiopia needs a win of any kind against Kenya’s Harambee Stars in their final group match to book a slot in the Quarter finals of the CECAFA Tusker Senior Challenge Cup. The Walya Antelopes have one win from two matches and a raw against Kenya would mean they exit the tournament on Goal difference basis. They are currently third on the pool behind leaders Uganda and second placed Kenya.

Coach Seyum Kabede has reiterated that his team intends to go into the quarters at all costs and they need to register a win against Kenya on Friday.

“The match against Kenya is a matter of life and death. We need to win that match at all costs because we have to be in the quarter finals. It is not going to be an easy match because Kenya is a good team but I trust in the ability of my players,” he said after their match against Uganda.

On the Cranes’ loss;

“We played well and we really should have gotten at least a point from this match. We dominated especially the second half but Uganda were more organized and compact and it was hard penetrating against them,” he says.

“With the conditions of the pitch, it was difficult to inject some good pace in the match because that pitch needed a lot of endurance which my players lacked especially towards the end of the first half,” he adds.