From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jul 30 2005 - 14:28:36 EDT
Eritrea will return next year, says Gebreyesus
By Gilbert Wandera
Saturday, 3rd January 2009
Eritrea will be back in next year's Challenge Cup a top official of the
country's Football Association (FA) has said.
According to Tesfaye Gebreyesus, the President of the Eritrea FA, his
country is a committed member of the Council for East and Central Africa
Football Association (Cecafa) and will strive to honour all its
The country was replaced by Zambia in this year's tournament after they
pulled out at the last minute.
"We are coming back next year. We are in Cecafa to stay and will strive
to honour all our engagements from the national team and club
championships," he said.
Gebreyesus is in Jinja as a technical official of the regional body,
Reduction in goal
Meanwhile, while most teams are fighting to win their matches and
progress in the Challenge Cup, Djibouti are content to celebrate the
reduction in goal margins of their losses.
For a team that was used to going down by as much as 11 goals, the
reduction of the scores is something to celebrate.
In two matches only, Burundi has conceded seven goals. They lost 3-0 to
Zambia last Wednesday and went down 4-0 to a hard fighting Burundi side
Where most coaches would weep or even opt to resign, Djibouti coach
Ahamad Kashari says for him it is a reason to celebrate.
"Two years ago we used to lose by nine, ten or even 11 goals now its
only three or four. For us it is a big improvement," he said.
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