#CECAFA : #Ethiopia 2-0 #Somalia,Somali football team lost for the second time, waiting for a third defeat
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The lively 12th player at the Awassa Stadium terraces played a great role as host nation for the 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tournament, Ethiopia edged Somalia 2-0 on Wednesday.
After losing 1-0 to Rwanda on day one, the Walia Stars picked the winning momentum, overcoming horn of Africa nation, Somalia 2-0 on the day.
A goal piece in each half from Nasser Mohammed and Girma Behailu gave the under fire coach Yohannes Sahle a sigh of relief after threats had emerged for his dear job.
Ten minutes into the game, Elias Mamo crossed for Nasser Mohammed Nasser who connected with a powerful header for the opener to ignite the already charged fans in the Awassa terraces.
Eleven minutes later, the hosts had a clear out chance to celebrate yet another goal but Mamo’ s effort kissed the woodwork.
Mamo the provider almost turned scorer with his 21st minute ambitious shot that failed to find the mark blazing over the bar.
Half time score read 1-0 in favor of the Walia Stars despite an avalanche of scoring opportunities put to waste.
Behailu Girma had the second goal eight minutes to the game death to hand the host nation the opening victory of the campaign.
Tanzania who won against Rwanda on Tuesday still lead Group A with six points with a quarter final berth already assured.
Ethiopia, is now third in the group.
The host nation will face Tanzania in the final group game as Somali is set to play Rwanda.
Rwanda seek redemption against Somalia
Rwanda will be looking to secure a place in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup last eight with victory over Somalia on Friday at the Hawassa Stadium.
The Amavubi who picked an impressive 1-0 victory over hosts Ethiopia in their opener succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Tanzania on Tuesday and sit third in Group A with three points, behind the Walia Ibex on goal difference.
Rwanda coach Johnny McKinstry told supersport.com that his side is targeting victory after Tuesday’s disappointing result that he attributed to refereeing decisions.
The Northern Irishman revealed his disappointment at the referee’s decision to award Tanzania a freekick that led to the opening goal when there was no foul and his refusal to award Rwanda a penalty when Jacques Tuyisenge was fouled in the penalty box.
McKinstry said, “We have to pick ourselves up and move on to Friday and Somalia. We know that we must get a positive result, and if we do so we will move forward into the quarterfinals.”
“So all focus over the coming days will be on breaking down Somalia who are sure to defend with 10 men behind the ball for larger periods, but I am confident the players will have enough quality to progress.”
Tanzania already booked a place to the last eight after registering two wins, the other an emphatic 4-0 win over Somalia on Sunday.
Kilimanjaro Stars face Ethiopia in their last group game aiming for the top spot while the hosts will also be looking to seal a place in the quarterfinals.