“The Horse Men” galloped into Champions League second round


Degu Debebe’s second half strike took Ethiopian premier league defending champion Saint George right through to the champions’ leagues second round qualification fixtures. Dedebit FC lost the chance to go through to the next stage because Getaneh Kebede missed a spot kick.
Under a  suffocating 40 degree humid weather , visitors saint George performed well above everyone’s expectation with  a 1-1 draw thus progressing to the next stage with flying colors featuring a 3-1 aggregate score line. The Malian champions Djoliba expected the visitors to start with a defensive play but head coach Michael Krugger’s 4-3-3 formation appears to take them in surprise. Djoliba scored the opener 16 minutes in to the tension filled first half then the equalizer back from the dressing room at 53’rd minute from unlikely source central defender Degu Debebe. The skipper’s equalizer rattled the host’s that mounted a strong attacking spree but “The Horse Men” stood their ground to finish the match in a draw.
It is a big win and new history in the making for Saint George never reached to the last sixteen crushing out two encounters. With 3-1 aggregate victory Saint George reached the last sixteen and faces Egyptian giant Zamalek with the first leg taking place in Cairo next week end.
On the other international match over the week end Dedebit FC lost a home chance to squeeze through the next stage after an aggregate 1-0 score line against Sudanese side Al-Shendi. The visitors so strong in defense and performing perfect tactical discipline denied the home side free space in their own half. Of course Dedebit got first half penalty that might have changed the whole picture but goal poacher Getaneh kebede missed from the spot kick then things hardly to go Dedebit’s way. At the final whistle it was a frustrating score line for home supporters but a [party for the visitors that go through the next stage with 1-0 aggregate score line. Many criticized head coach Abraham T/Haimanot’s formation and forgetting timely substitution contributes for the dawn fall. “We will have a n easy home win and sure to go through” was what head coach Abraham told but things turned up different with Dedebit crushed out of the competition.