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Injuries cost us in Cecafa U-15 Cup – Ajak

The head coach of South Sudan’s U-15 side, Simon Albino Ajak has said several injuries cost his team at the on-going Cecafa U-15 Challenge Cup in Asmara, Eritrea.

South Sudan’s team had five players on the ground injured on Friday before the referee ended the game as Uganda led 5-0 after 51 minutes.

According to the FIFA rules a match can not continue if a team fails to raise seven players. But Ajak made it clear on Friday evening during an interview that many of his players picked injuries because they played many games in a few days.

“It was too much for my boys who were playing in such an international tournament for the first time. Injuries were a big problem for us and this affected the team,” added the coach.

South Sudan bowed out of the competition after losing 3-0 to Rwanda in the opening match. Ajak’s team went on to register a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia before they suffered a 6-0 defeat to Tanzania.

But the coach has made it clear that although they lost all the matches, this exposure to the team has been a good one. “I am happy that the players have got this kind of exposure and they now know what it means to play in an international tournament,” added Ajak.

Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda have all qualified for the semi finals which will be played on Wednesday before the final on August 30th. The tournament is financed by FIFA.