South Sudan reached their first ever Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarterfinals after a stunning 2-0 win over Malawi saw them top Group C.
The Bright Star scored their goals through a fifth minute strike from James Joseph Saeed before Bruno Martinez netted in the dying minutes of the second half. The victory saw them finish the group unbeaten having beating Djibouti 2-0 before battling to a barren draw with neighbours Sudan in the first ever Sudan derby.
The South Sudanese competed in their first international football tournament in the 2012 Cecafa Cup but they never went beyond the group stages after losing all their three group matches.
Despite the defeat, guests Malawi Flames advanced as the second runners up on six points.
Sudan left themselves in a prime position to advance as the best third-placed team after collecting a routine 4-0 win over Djibouti.
Ather El Tahir netted the first hat-trick of the 2015 competition. He netted Sudan’s opener after 16 minutes with Faris Abdalla Mamoun grabbing the second nine minutes later. El Tahir then claimed a brace after the interval to give his side a convincing win and a healthy goal difference (+3).
CHAN 2016 hosts, Rwanda, also advanced to the last 8 after a 3-0 win over Somalia in Group A.
Yussufu Habimana gave the Amavubi the lead after six minutes before Jacques Tuyisenge and Hegman Ngomirakiza scored after the interval to secure Rwanda the win and progress into the quarters as the Ocean Stars exited the competition without a point or a goal and with nine goals conceded.
Defending champions, Kenya, are on the brink of elimination after they were stunned 3-1 by Zanzibar.
Matchday 6 Results:
South Sudan 2-0 Malawi
Zanzibar 3-1 Kenya
Rwanda 3-0 Somalia
Djibouti 0-4 Sudan
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