AFCON U-20 Qualifiers (CECAFA Zone)
Semi-finals: Monday, 30th November 2020
Uganda 3-1 Kenya (Kenneth SSEMAKULA, Ivan BOGERE x2 | Enock WANYAMA)
Tanzania 1-0 South Sudan (Kassim Haruna)
South Sudan’s hopes of reaching this year’s CECAFA U-20 AFCON Zonal Qualifiers finals were dented after losing to host and defending Champions Tanzania U-20 team at Black Rhino Academy.
Kassim Harun’s 56th minute sole goal was enough for the Magorogoro Boys to sail through into the 2020 CECAFA Zonal Qualifiers finals to defend the trophy they won in 2019 after beating Kenya 1-0 at FUFA Technical Center Njeru.
The Young Bright Stars who started the game with a pressing end had some key moments of the game with many of the chances flashed off the Bar and target, with the Rwandan referee whose country is not taking part in the competition dishing out four yellow cards before the half time break. William Gama Emmanuel, Atari Tobs Khemis, Young and Wayi Godfrey Muto were all on the center referee book. In the 89th minute of the game Wayi Godfrey Muto was sent off by the Rwanda referee.
In the interval of the game, coach Simon James Yor introduced Lual Daniel Gumnok and Victor Nelson for Swali Ali Marcelo and Taban Wijo Wajo to exert more pressure into the Tanzania back four, but could yield any fruits at the end of the 90th minute.
It was alleged that by one of the officials within the South Sudan camp whose name this website can not reveal, That after the team’s arrival from Arusha, the Tanzania football federation and some CECAFA organizing committee members did not allow the team access to stadium ( Black Rhino Academy ), he went further by stating the nature of the referees officiating during the match was questionable, he also noted that during the game the South Sudan National Anthem was not played and instated that of the host team.
The Bright Stars will take on Kenya on Tuesday midday on the third play offs before Tanzania and Uganda face each other off in the 2020 CECAFA Zonal Qualification finals at the Black Rhino Academy Stadium.