Uganda Vs Ethiopia: CECAFA TUSKER Cup 2012 Preview
Tuesday December 4th, Mandela national stadium, Namboole
Live on SS9 East @ 7.00pm.
Uganda Cranes and Ethiopia Antelopes will be meeting for the second time in a space of seven days on Tuesday afternoon in the last of the four quarter finals for the 2012 Cecafa Tusker Cup at Namboole stadium.
The two sides met in the group stages last Tuesday with Brian Umony’s 9th minute strike the difference as the hosts edged Ethiopia at the same venue. Before that meeting, Uganda had edged Ethiopia 4-3 in a third place playoff game in 2010 in Dar es Salam.
The winner of this tie meets Tanzania which eliminated Rwanda 2-0 in the semi-finals scheduled for Thursday at Namboole.
Uganda Team News:
Coach Bobby Williamson is expected to make changes to the team that started against South Sudan in the last group game which the Cranes won 4-0. Hamza Muwonge, Denis Guma, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa and Emmanuel Okwi are all expected to return to the starting team after sitting on the bench against South Sudan.
URA FC midfielder Said Kyeyune who impressed on his debut assisting two goals in the 4-0 mauling of the Bright Stars of South Sudan may be picked ahead of either striker Hamis Kiiza or Emmanuel Okwi who is yet to find the back of the net in this tournament. Abel Dhaira who cracked a jaw in the opening game against Kenya is definitely out of the tie.
Hamza Muwonge (GK), Denis Guma, Henry Kalungi, Isaac Isinde, Godfrey Walusimbi, Hassan Wasswa (CPT), Geoffrey Kizito, Moses Oloya, Said Kyeyune, Emmanuel Okwi and Brian Umony.
Man to Watch:
Brian Umony – The KCC FC forward has regained his scoring boots netting three times in his previous two games, He accounts for 50% of Cranes’ total goals in the tournament. Ethiopian defenders must keenly watch out for him.
Ethiopia Team News:
Coach Debede Sewnet faces a hard test against the Cranes in a space of seven days having qualified for the quarter finals as the second best loser. The Antelopes will most likely maintain the same team that has guided them out of the group phases despite losing to Kenya and Uganda 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Probable Ethiopia XI:
S. Asfarwak (GK), T. Bogale, Gileme Bekele, MogesTadesse, Yared Ziruaba, Mehari Mena, G.Ramon, Tilahune Wolde, M.Kidane, Massoudi Muhammed and Yonatal Kebedde.
Man to watch:
Yonatal Kebede will again be the man on show for Antelopes. The forward struck the only goal that won them maximum points against South Sudan in their only victory of the campaign in the tournament so far.
DID YOU KNOW THIS?
-Ethiopia and Uganda were placed in group A of this year’s competition with Uganda reaching the last eight as group leaders while Ethiopia finished third and only qualified for this stage as second best losers
-Uganda and Ethiopia have met a record 13 times in history with Uganda bagging 6 wins, Ethiopia 2 and 5 draws.
-In the 13 meetings between the sides, Uganda has scored 21 goals while Ethiopia has managed 15 goals.
-Of the last 13 meetings, only three have been in Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup and Uganda has won all the games. The rest have been in Africa Nations Cup.
-Of the 13 meetings, Uganda has hosted 6, Ethiopia 3 while 4 have been played at neutral grounds.
-Uganda has won 12 Cecafa titles (1973, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2011) while Ethiopia has won four championships (1987, 2001, 2004 and 2005)
The affair is a bit close but with Uganda at home and statistically above Ethiopia in history, Bobby Williamson’s charges have an upper hand but Ethiopia appear ready to give a good account of themselves as they did in the 1-0 loss in the group phases.
However, the Cranes are better placed to edge Ethiopia and advance to the semi-finals.