Uganda Cranes will face Ethiopia Walya Antelopes for the CECAFA semi-final clash on Thursday at Addis Ababa National Stadium.

By Norman Katende |

Uganda Cranes coach Micho Sredojevic believes the one day break he gave to his charges on Tuesday will be enough to keep them relaxed when they take on hosts Ethiopia in the second CECAFA semi-final on Thursday at Addis Ababa Stadium.

After their 2-0 win over Malawi on Monday, Micho gave his players the day off while he also took time off time watch the two quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon.

“We have been talking about football ever since we came to Ethiopia and we needed a break to recharge ourselves. We needed to freshen our minds before we go back to football. We did not want to come into the final under pressure,” said Micho.

“Our secret is one, to play as a unit, help each other to close out the gaps and also attack in numbers to create goals. We have to move forward and look for goals while at the same time try to see that our defence in solid,” Micho whose team has kept three consecutive clean sheets added.

Micho is expected to restore Erisa Ssekisambu and Muzamir Mutyaba to the starting line-up, having rested them in the quarterfinal for Keziron Kizito and Isaac Muleme.  He sought to have a fresh pair of legs after the team’s grueling 5 hour trip by road from Hawassa to Addis Ababa.

“We will have the best starting team. We know Ethiopia might prove dangerous on the counter so we have to put out a team that will close them out,” Micho added.

Micho has the advantage of having worked at St George and knows the style of play of the Ethiopians though he contends that football changes a lot in a short time.

Ethiopia coach Yohannes Sahle has said his team is proving a point to the critics who wrote them off by going far into the tournament.

Ethiopia was one of the two best losers and a controversial penalty in the CECAFA semi-final against Tanzania brought them back into the game while losing 1-0, and later won 5-3 on penalties.

“We will come all out and go all the way” Sahle said.

Source: New Vision
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