Before the team departed for Zanzibar at the wee hours of Thursday, Wolaitta Dicha head coach Zenebe Fisseha told CAFOnline.com that his charges are ready to register a convincing result in the maiden continental outing.
Fisseha, a former Ethiopian junior international, took the helm of Dicha from Mesaye Teferi. An unfamiliar start to the season coupled with fans dissatisfaction led to Teferi leaving his post, and Fisseha, formerly with the youth side was promoted to the first team.
Under Fisseha, Dicha has shown progress and are unbeaten in five matches, including a 2-1 over reigning champions, Saint George 2-1 in a league fixture.
He believes that his charges are inexperienced at the continental stage, but remains upbeat team spirit and unity could get them far.
“Experience is a must in football. We are aware that we lack experience. We want our players to be united and play as a unit. I don’t think that it would be difficult for us even if it is our first time playing in the competition,” Fisseha added.
Zimamoto lost to Mozambican side Clube Ferroviário da Beira 4-3 on aggregate in the Total CAF Champions League prelims last season.
“Zimamoto is also new to this competition. They lack international exposure like us. We know that physically they can be challenging,” the Dicha coach concluded.
Dicha will look to key players like Togolese forward Arafat Djako, Dagim Bekele and goalie Wendwesen Geremew in their quest to go past the prelims.
Friday, 9 February 2018
Djoliba (Mali) vs ELWA United (Liberia)*
Onze Createurs (Mali) vs CR Belouizdad (Algeria)
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Petro Atletico (Angola) vs Masters Security (Malawi)
Young Buffaloes (Swaziland) vs Cape Town City (South Africa)
Costa do Sol (Mozambique) vs Jwaneng (Botswana)
Energie (Benin) vs Hafia (Guinea)
Ngazi Sport (Comoros) vs Port Louis (Mauritius)
Mangasport (Gabon) vs Maniema Union (DR Congo)
Olympic Star (Burundi) vs Etoile Filante (Burkina Faso)
New Stars (Cameroon) vs Deportivo Niefang (Equatorial Guinea)
Tanda (Cote d’Ivoire) vs CS la Mancha (Congo)
Al Ittihad (Libya) vs Sahel (Niger)
US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) vs Hilal Juba (South Sudan)
El Masry (Egypt) vs Green Buffaloes (Zambia)
Sunday, 11 February 2018
APR (Rwanda) vs Anse Reunion (Seychelles)
Akwa United (Nigeria) vs Hawks (Gambia)
Asante Kotoko (Ghana) vs CARA (Congo)
AFC Leopards (Kenya) vs FOSA Juniors (Madagascar)
Simba (Tanzania) vs Gendarmerie (Djibouti)
RS Berkane (Morocco) vs Mbour Petite Cote (Senegal)
Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire) vs FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania)
Zimamoto (Zanzibar) vs Wolaitta Dicha (Ethiopia)
*ELWA United withdrew