Bright Stars fall in Mali


South Sudan’s Bright Stars suffered a 3-0 defeat on Saturday in their last Group C game of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign.

The Bright Stars defended in numbers early in the game before Salif Coulibaly scored the opening goal after 18 minutes at the 26 Mars Stadium in Bamako

After another 10 minutes Moussa Djenepo who plies his trade with Standard Liege in Belgium made it 2-0 before Adama Traore scored the third after 90 minutes.

Mali who also picked a similar score in Juba finished top of the Group with 14 points, while Burundi who held Gabon to a 1-1 draw on Saturday qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The Bright Stars finished without a point in the Group, scoring two goals and conceding 18.

Francis Amin Michael, President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) said the 2019 Afcon has been a wake-up call. “We shall make a technical review of the team to map out a way forward,” said the SSFA President.

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