The last time Eritrea played in the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, 90% of the current members of their squad were not even born. The Red Sea Boys have made history by qualifying for the semi-final of the 2019 showpiece for the first time since 1994.
Not only have they shown that they are a team growing in stature, but they have shown willingness to compete especially after returning to the regional competition for the first time since 2012, coincidentally when the tournament was also held in Uganda.
“I think for us this is something huge for Eritrean football. We have not been in this competition for so many years and now we are back and we have taken such a result against very good teams. It has been a good experience so far and everyone in the team and back at home is pleased with us,” Head coach Efrem Haile told CAFOnline.