Ethiopia’s St. George revenges against APR
Title contenders St. George FC from Ethiopia shocked 2010 Cecafa Club cup defending Champions APR with a shocking 3-1 defeat at Morogoro’s Jamhuri Stadium, a picturesque location at the foot of amazing hills.
The Ethiopians who lost to APR in finals last year in Kigali looked a better side and were tactically confident than their counterparts.
St.George were in a forceful start and may not have required help from a blunder of the APR goalkeeper to go 1-0 up in the 18th minute.
Jean Claude Ndoli spilled into his own net, a Suleiman Mohamed’s rather harmless ball for the goal. Prince Godwin, a man who did not take part in his team’s opening match against Ulinzi Stars, registered his presence on the squad by scoring a brace for St George.
But APR made a fight of it and initially pulled level when Jean Claude Iranzi beat goalkeeper Michael Odongkara from an acute angle in the 22nd minute. The shot went past two defenders who remained rooted.
After the break St George came in stronger and Godwin got two quick goals, in the51st and 53rd minutes, capitalising on defensive lapses to beat keeper Ndoli with low shots from inside the box.
Head coach Ernest Brandts of APR said: “We have to win our next match [against Ulinzi on Saturday]. Today my goalkeeper really let the team down.” Giuseppe Dossena of St George was elated: “This is just another chapter. We still have an important game to play against Ports but we have one foot in the quarters”.