The Waaliya Antelopes of Ethiopia may sit pretty at the top of Group B's 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup but heading into this afternoon's clash, a dicey one against Burundi, Coach Ashenafi Bekele's charges know it will need a better performance to stay at the top.
The Waaliya's dispatched South Sudan 3-0 on Tuesday 5th through an Abel Tilahun brace and an Abdela Sani strike and even though a dominant performance, Coach Bekele's attention is drawn to the fact that it could have been worse for South Sudan.
''We played according to plan against South Sudan so the game was good an we scored many goals. We may have scored three but we lost so many goal scoring opportunities today,'' he says of the game.
The Swallows of Burundi on the other hand come in with hard earned point gleaned off the back of defending champions Uganda Cranes in the group's opening game on Monday 4th. In a game that could have gone either way, Burundi's attack kept Ugandan goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan on toes just as much as Derrick Nsibambi did his fair share on the other end of the field against Burundi.
As Coach Bekele heads into this Burundi tie, he hopes his youthful charges will adjust to the match's demands.
''Our next clash against Burundi is very important and compared to this first one, we know it is going to be tough. I'll just need to work on the confidence of my players because most of them are very young an that's why against South Sudan we missed many chances. They will need to be at their best when we take on Burundi,'' concludes Bekele.
A win automatically guarantees Ethiopia a place in the semi-finals set to be staged at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu as theirs is a group of four teams.