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South Sudan Hold Cameroon To A Barren Draw In An International Friendly

The South Sudan National Team posing for a photo before taking on Cameroon on Saturday 10/10/2020 Photo: SSFA Media Team

Cameroon and South Sudan played to a goalless draw during an international build up contest played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé-Cameroon this Saturday in Cameroon’s first international friendly since March 2020.

Both countries created a couple of going scoring opportunities but the respective defences were water tight for the entire duration of the match.

Cameroon however struggled to put passes together in the opening exchanges with the South Sudanese looking better than the team that had lost to Cameroon champions PWD social Club of Bamenda days earlier.

The first real chance of the game fell to Tito OKello in the 16th minute from the spot-kick after Dande Junior committed a foul in the box. Unfortunately Okello missed the resulting penalty to keep the score at 0-0 in the 17th minute.

The Penalty Incident

Five minutes after the chance for South Sudan, the host had a chance of their own. A good combination between Beo Batto and Etta Bawak in the right flank provided space for a right footed shot from the right wing off Bato but it went wide.

It was also an official debut for former BUL FC Jinja, KCCA FC and Vipers SC and current Gor Mahia striker Tito Okello who recently switched from Uganda to pay for the Bright Stars something which was viewed as a timely move.

Uganda Premier League based duo of Wani Ivan Marcello and Makueth Wol of Busoga United FC and Mbarara City FC respectively also featured for the Bright Stars, the two produced an outstanding performance. 

The result indicates an improvement to South Sudan from their game against PWD of Bamenda while the intermediate Lions of Cameroon are left with the obligation to double their efforts barely months before the CHAN 2021 on home soil early next year.

The hosts fielded majorly a side of locally based players who are being prepared for the CHAN 2020 tournament that will be staged in 2021.

The South Sudan & Cameroon Team entering the Stadium.

The result indicates an improvement to South Sudan from their game against PWD of Bamenda while the intermediate Lions of Cameroon are left with the obligation to double their efforts barely months before the CHAN 2021 on home soil early next year.

Cameroon is preparing for the CHAN 2020 finals where they are in group A alongside Mali, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe in arguably the “pool of death”.

South Sudan used the build up as a precursor for next month’s double header AFCON 2021 group B qualifier against neighbours Uganda.

Uganda will host the first leg at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on 14th November 2020, while South Sudan will possibly host it’s home game in Khartoum Sudan, although the South Sudan football Association is yet to confirm officially.

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