South Sudan Bright Stars picked her first points of the AFCON qualifiers with a 1-0 win over the Uganda Cranes in their Group B 2021 Total Africa Cup Of Nations Qualification game played on Monday 16th November, 2020 at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
It was a sweet revenge for the South Sudan Bright Stars, who had beaten their illustrious neighbours by the same margin as that in Kampala on Thursday 12th November 2020.
Tito Okello, who recently switched allegiance to play for his ancestral country South Sudan, scored from the spot in the 35th minute moments after Vipers defender Halid Lwaliwa fresh from a heroic performance in Kampala turned Grace to Grass when he brought down Daniel Chok Dau in the 18 yard box area.
The game also ended with both teams reduced to 10 men after Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho was sent off by Benin FIFA Referee Djindo Louis Houngnandande for an unprofessional foul. South Sudan Assad Musa Abdallah was also sent off with 10 minutes on the clock after receiving a second bookable offense.
Emmanuel Okwi had a goal ruled out for Uganda Cranes for offside while the referee also waved play on after Farouk Miya’s powerful shot looked to have ricocheted inside the goal line from the woodwork.
Despite the pressure from Uganda, the 1978 AFCON finalists, South Sudan stood their ground to claim a famous victory and in the process slow-down the Cranes charge to the top of Group B.
Burkina Faso lead the Group with eight points after a goalless draw away to Malawi, one better than Uganda.
South Sudan’s first win in the qualifiers, has left the country in the fourth position with three points after four games.
The Bright Stars will face Malawi (Home) and Burkina Faso (Away) next year in March in the remaining day 5 and 6 of the Total AFCON Qualifiers games.
Teams Line Up:
South Sudan XI: Majak Maling Mawith (23 – Goalkeeper), Abdulkarim Yom Mutwakil (29), Peter Maker Manyang (4), Rehan Angier Malong (14), Manyumom Achol (8), Jackson Morgan Odebe (16), David Sebit Omot (17), Daniel Chok Dau (27), Tito Okello Odong (10), Makueth Wol Akeen Nguet (22), Stephen Pawaar Lony (25)
Substitutes: Godfrey Nyeko Okello (3), Abdalla Asad Musa (24), John Kuol Chol (15), Kenjok Wal Athiu (9), Dominic Abul Pretino (11), Joseph Kuch Nyuar Atak (12), Dominic Angelo Kornelio Aroma (6), Bak Majok Nyang (2), Denis Yongure Daluri (20), Aluck Akech Mabior (19), Ramadan John Mayik Diing (1 – Goalkeeper), Ivan Wani Adebo (7)
Uganda Cranes XI: Denis Onyango (18), Nicholas Wakiro Wadada (14), Disan Galiwango (4), Halid Lwaliwa (15), Timothy Denis Awany (03), Khalid Aucho (08), Karim Watambala (25), Faruku Miya (17), Allan Okello (20), Fahad Bayo (09), Kizito Luwagga (10)
Substitutes: Jamal Salim (19), Charles Lukwago (01), Paul Patrick Mbowa (24), Shafiq Kagimu (13), Edrisa Lubega (22), Brian Aheebwa (16), Mike Azira (23), Emmanuel Okwi (07), Derrick Paul Nsibambi (11), David Owori, Elvis Bwomono (06), Ronald Mukiibi Ddungu (12)
Centre Referee: Djindo Louis Houngnandande (Benin)
1st Assistant Referee: Gbemassiandan Narcisse Kouton (Benin)
2nd Assistant Referee: Eric Ulrich Ayinavo (Benin)
4th Official: Addissa Abdul Ligali (Benin)
Match Commissioner: Amir Abdi Hassan (Somalia)