The tactician insists they will qualify for the next stage of Cecafa tourney despite being pooled alongside champions Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda
Eritrea coach Omar Ahmed says the team remains determined to get out of a tough Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup group that includes defending champions Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda.
The team is one of the few that has brought in professional players perhaps an indication of just how serious they are taking the competition.
Among the foreign based players in the squad include two Setak Beyynic and Haven Birhane, turning out for Division three sides in England, Hayie Gaytom and Suraf Abraha, who features in Sudan as well as Yonathan Selemom, who plies his trades in Saudi Arabia.
Ahmed says they have a young squad which is determined to have a good performance this year as well as look to a brighter future by building on their great form.
“Our squad is perhaps the youngest in this competition as the players range from 18-26 and apart from taking part in this year’s Senior Challenge, we are looking at the future as well,” Ahmed told Goal.
“These players have been in camp for about two months and are raring to do well in this year’s event. Furthermore, we are also looking at the future and remain confident that what we have can give us the kind of performance we are hoping for not just this year but also looking ahead.”
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