Djibouti face a monster uphill battle in Ethiopia

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 20, 2017. 14:30

Djibouti will want to avenge their massive defeat at home when they visit Ethiopia for the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Championships qualifier on Sunday.

The Shoremen of the Red Sea failed to ignite at home and are now under pressure to bag a win in the second leg.

A 5-1 drubbing at home was not a result they wanted, but they will now hope to find their scoring boots and overturn the result.

Although it will not be easy, coach Noureddine Gharsalli has to uplift the morale of his players and ensure they get a win at all costs.

Shifting focus to the Walia Ibex, as hosts they have an added advantage coming to this encounter as they have a massive goal advantage.

Scoring five away goals has bascially secured their passage into the next round of qualifying, but they still have to remain disciplined at the back to ensure they do not concede.

The winner of the two leg affair will set up a thriller against Burundi or Sudan on 11 August 2017 in the next round of CHAN qualifiers.

The encounter will be staged at Hawassa Stadium in Ethiopia at 18:00 (CAT).

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