“The former national coach Sewnet Bishaw did something special for the country by reaching the finals of the CHAN in 2013. It is now an added in the record for the country’s football. I don’t want to live in the past. Almost all his players are retired from the national team. With the new and young talent, we have to keep that spirit alive,” said Sahle.
Midfielder Gathoch Panom also highlighted on the importance of returning from Bujumbura with a decent result.
“We have been together for over a month. Our team is very well synchronized. Last Sunday’s win over Sao Tome and Principe (in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers) drives us to do same in Bujumbura. Winning over Burundi will give us a wider opportunity to go through,” he said.
Panom was one of the scorers as Ethopia beat Kenya 2-0 at the previous round in Addis Ababa, which was enough to earn the Walias a place at the final lap after a barren draw in the return encounter in Nairobi.
Burundi on the otherhand thumped Djibouti at the preliminary round of the Central-East Zone qualifiers.
The winner after two legs qualifies for the final tournament fixed for 16 January to 7 February in Rwanda.
Uganda and Sudan will battle it out for the other Central-East Zone slot. The first leg is on Saturday in Kampala, with the return billed for the weekend on 23-25 October.