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The group “B” winner of the ongoing CECAFA Women’s Championship was on Friday decided by a toss of a coin, something that never went down well with Ethiopia’ Lucy Head coach Meseret Manne and the “Iron Lady” did not hesitate to let it out.

Lucy failed the gamble with Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Queens finishing top of the group after their last match ended in barren draw at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru. Heading into the Friday’s group decider the two bigwigs were tied on all fronts and since no winner emerged at full time, the match commissioner signaled for a toss of a coin to determine the winner.

“There are seven countries participating, so the organizing committee should have come up with genuine means of separating the teams other than a toss. Football is fair play but this is not fair,” the former Dire Dawa Manager was quoted by dhakaba.

“I never liked this tossing and it’s my first time to witness it,” a fuming Mannne went on.
“CECAFA is a big organization, their committee has to change this because there is no fair play and it can’t even appay in villages. They should have written numbers on papers and we pick.” She added.

Manne also took issue with the day’s match commissioner whom she branded rude and dictatorial since she never communicated the rule before kick-off.

Lucy will now have to face group “A” winners Kenya’s Harambee Starlets who are yet to concede a goal, leave alone taste defeat; while Kili Queens will play hosts Uganda in the last four, all on Sunday 18 with the final coming on Tuesday 20.


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