Ethiopia versus Sudan: a mouthwatering East African rival’s clash


Ethiopia versus Sudan: a mouthwatering East African rival’s clash
Striker Saifeldin Maki’s second half strike was enough to give Sudan a narrow win over Burundi in their Second Round second leg clash of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya 2018 qualifier on Saturday at El Obeid Stadium in Obeid.
The El-Khartoum forward netted the only goal in the encounter four minutes after the break to ensure passage for the Desert Hawks 1-0 on aggregate and set up a date with Ethiopia at the third and final round.
The first leg between the two sides in Bujumbura ended in a barren stalemate, but the Sudanese made the most of their home advantage in the reverse to progress to the last hurdle of the qualifiers for the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. Sudan’s only participation in the championship initiated in 2009 was in 2011, finishing third as host.
The Desert Hawks travel to Ethiopia for the first leg on the weekend of 13 August 2017 before hosting the return a week later. Taking in to consideration that Ethiopia returned to African nation’s Cup final after 31 years defeating Sudan at the final qualification matches, the clash is expected to be a huge showdown. In 2014, Salahadin Said’s last minute goal gave Sewnet Bishaw’s Walya-Antelope a flight to South Africa.