South Sudan U-20 and Future Stars Football Academy goalkeeper Simon Pitia Justine has been awarded the BEST Goalkeeper of the CECAFA U-20 accolade.
Pitia who only conceded only 2 goals in the entire CECAFA U-20 competition held in Tanzania Arusha beat trophy winning goal keeper Jackson Komakech of Uganda who only conceded 3 goals in the same competition.
Simon who is making 18 years old is being groomed by the Young Stars Football Academy (Now Future Stars Football Academy), the goal stopper was part of the South Sudan U-17 team that went to South Korea for an Asian organized competition.
Pitia first goal conceded was aganist host Tanzania who went on to win 1-0 in the second semi final game played at Black Rhino Academy.
The academy graduate who kept a clean sheet in the group B qualification round after South Sudan goalless draw against Uganda Hippos and the 4-0 win against Burundi had to only conceded his second goal on Wednesday 2nd 2020 against the Rising Stars of Kenya.
Other accolades awarded were the top scorers of the tournament which was awarded to both Ivan Bogere (Uganda), Selemani Hamis (Tanzania)- 5 Goals, the Bronze Medal was awarded to South Sudan, with Tanzania awarded the Fair Play award. The Best Player of the tournament went to Tanzania’s Pascal Isindo.
South Sudan finished 3rd in the competition after their 3rd playoffs 2-1 win against Kenya U-20 with first half goals from Philip Angelo Taban and Victor Elia Nelson scoring for the Bright Stars U-20 team.
Philip Angelo Taban finished as South Sudan U-20 team top scorer with 2 goals, one a piece against Burundi and Kenya respectively . The U-20 scored a total of 6 goals, 4 against Burundi and 2 against Kenya while the young Bright Starts conceded single goals from both Tanzania and Kenya.