Ethiopia begins CECAFA

All roads lead to Namboole stadium Tuesday evening when defending champions Uganda Cranes take on four time winners Ethiopia in their second game of group A in the Cecafa Tusker Challenge Cup.

Both sides won their opening games last Saturday with the hosts beating rivals Kenya 1-0 while Ethiopia narrowly survived tournament debutants South Sudan with a similar score line. A win for either team will put them through to the quarter finals on six points.

Uganda Cranes Team News:

Coach Bobby Williamson will miss the services of first choice goal keeper Abel Dhaira who has been ruled out of the tournament due to a suspected cracked jaw after he collided with Humphrey Mieno in the first game and thus Hamza Muwonge is set to start between the posts.

The Scot is expected to maintain the same back line that started against Kenya with Denis Guma and Godfrey Walusimbi manning the full back position while Henry Kalungi and Isaac Isinde are expected at the heart of defence.

In central midfield, Captain Hassan Wasswa and Geoffrey Baba Kizito are expected to maintain their slots.

Following an abysmal performance against Harambe Stars on Saturday, either of Brian Umony or Hamis Kiiza may be dropped just in case Bobby opts to go with a 4-4-2 implying that Moses Oloya and Brian Majwega occupy the right and left flanks respectively.

Probable Uganda X1 (4-4-2):

Hamza Muwonge (GK)

Denis Guma           Henry Kalungi              Isaac Isinde                    Godfrey Walusimbi

Moses Oloya           Hassan Wasswa (C)       Geoffrey Baba              Brian Majwega

Emmanuel Okwi               Hamis Kiiza

Ethiopia Team News:

There are no injury worries for the Walya Antelopes ahead of the tie with Coach Debede Sewnet expected to make no changes in the side that beat South Sudan 1-0 in their opening game on Saturday. The Antelopes will have to be more clinical in goal if they are to pick a decent result from the encounter.

Probable Ethiopia X1: S. Asfarwak (GK), T. Bogale, Gileme Bekele, MogesTadesse, Yared Ziruaba, Mehari Mena, G.Ramon, Tilahune Wolde, M.Kidane, Massoudi Muhammed and Yonatal Kebedde.


Expect an expansive game as both teams prefer a free flowing game. Ethiopia didn’t have it easy against South Sudan in their opening game despite coming out on top but neither did Uganda against Kenya. I expect goals in this game.

Though it won’t be easy one, I expect the hosts to come out on top