CECAFA W: Rwanda in Survival Campaign Against Ethiopia

Rwanda's Clementine Mukamana tackles Tanzania's Fatuma Bashir in the opening game

Match day two in the Ongoing CECAFA women’s championship continues on Wednesday with only one group B fixture between Ethiopia and Rwanda to spice the day at Fufa Technical Center in Njeru.

The beauty of this game is it’s irony that Ethiopia have not played a game a yet and this will be their opener while Rwanda could pack their bags in case they fail to get a positive comeback after narrowly losing 3-2 to Tanzania in Monday evening.

Rwanda Coach Marie grace Nyinawumuntu has cautioned that his team will go all out on Wednesday to look for an outright win to redeem their campaign in search for a place in the semis.

“Ethiopia’s game carries a lot of weight because it’s our final game and must win it or else we’ll be on our way back home immediately, decease ” he said.

The coach also admits that his main challenge is to play a team he knows little about yet the Ethiopians were in the stands to watch Rwanda displaying their game against Tanzania.

“I know very little about how Ethiopia play as a national team but I am sure they’re a good side so the best way to deal with them is going with a winning strategy because they haven’t played but watched our game and that makes it tricky because we have to go in well equipped.”

Ethiopia’s coach Meseret Manne carried a squad dominated by local league champions Dedebit FC. Manne is wary of Rwanda’s threat but is confident to pick a result after watching them play the Kilimanjaro queens in the first game

“Rwanda is a very good team and I noted Tanzania really struggled to defeat them. I expect a similar game tomorrow (Wednesday), look ” he said also noting that “watching their first game was to our advantage because we picked out their strength and weaknesses which will try and exploit.”

Rwanda need a straight win or a draw to keep their hopes alive as they wait for the outcome of Tanzania and Ethiopia on Friday while any other result could keep them out. Ethiopia still have a second chance since its just their opening game but can seal a semi final spot with three points.

The game kicks off at 4 pm in Njeru.


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