The Star (Nairobi)

Uganda/Ethiopia: Hosts Uganda Hope to Strike Twice As They Face Ethiopia

Uganda Crarnes must do what they did in the group stages of this year's Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup if they are to retain their hopes of winning a second successive regional championships.

Bobby Williamson's men face Ethiopia in the last eight today in a repeat of their clash in Group 'A' where they emerged with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a goal by Brian Umony.

Ethiopia have been a pale shadow of themselves largely due to the fact that their first string sides was left at home preparing for the African Cup of Nations in January.

After scraping through the knockout stages by finishing as one of the two best losers, the Walya Antelopes will have no second chance when they come up against the hosts.

Williamson is pleased with the scoring touch of his front men--Umony, Hamis Kiiza and Robert Sentongo--but it is on the shoulder of

Emmanuel Okwi that the burden of scoring goals will rest this evening. The Simba SC striker was rested in their last match and he believes that he will be firing on all cylinders today

"I wanted to have a bit of some rest to recharge my batteries but come Tuesday (today)I will be back fresh and raring to go," said Okwi, who has yet to score for the Cranes in this year's tourney after top scoring in last year's triumph in Dar-es-Salaam

Cranes will be looking to reach a sixth successive semi finals berth in a tournament they have dominated over the last four years by emerging victors three times.

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