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We still have a chance – Coach Ashu

South Sudan’s new coach Cyprian Besong Ashu has said his team still has the chance to make it to the next round of the 2020 Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.

The Bright Star lost 2-0 last Saturday away to Burundi in the first leg of the first round in a match played in Bujumbura.

“We made some mistakes that cost us and we must rectify them ahead of the return leg on Sunday. We still have a chance,” said Ashu. The Bright Star will host Burundi in the return leg on August 4th at the Star Times Stadium in Kampala.

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) opted to have the home matches played in Kampala because the Juba Stadium is under renovation.

Victory for the Bright Star past the first round will see them face the winner between Uganda Cranes and Somalia in the last phase of the qualifiers. Uganda beat Somalia 3-1 away in the first leg.

In the other matches played in the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region Ethiopia beat Djibouti 1-0, while Kenya held Tanzania to a goalless draw.

The CHAN tournament is played by locally based players playing in the domestic leagues of the respective countries. Morocco are the defending champions.