CECAFA U-20 CHALLENGE CUP: South Sudan stop Somalia to qualify for quarters


South Sudan have qualified for the quarter finals at the on-going Cecafa U-20 Challenge Cup after a convincing 3-0 win over Somalia in their last Group C match on Wednesday.

The win takes South Sudan top of Group C with four points, but a better goal difference than Burundi who also have the same number of points.

Skipper Daniel Samuel Solong gave South Sudan the lead after 30 minutes with a hard free kick that the Somalian goalkeeper Said Aweys Ali tried to stop but the ball went through his hands.

In the second half Somalia tried to fight back strongly but South Sudan’s goalkeeper Simon Pitia Justin made some brilliant saves.

The Somalian defenders continued to make mistakes at the back and got punished after Dhata Joseph Stephen made no mistake shooting in the second after 73 minutes. Makueth Wol Akeen made it 3-0 with a well taken hard shot from out side the box after 77 minutes.

Somalia resorted to rough play and had three players booked. South Sudan’s coach Simon James Yor was a very happy man after the final whistle.

“I am happy that we won the game convincingly and qualified for the quarter finals,” we now need to prepare well for the knock out stage,” added the coach.

South Sudan now join Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya at the quarter final stage.

The quarter finals will all be played on September 29th at the Fufa Technical center in Njeru and the Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu.

Group C standings

                 P    W   D    L   GF  GA  A    Pts

S.Sudan  2     1    1    0    6    3    3      4

Burundi  2     1    1    0    5    4    1      4

Somalia  2     0    0    2    1    5   -4      0

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