South Sudan collected their first ever points in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup after beating Djibouti 2-0 in their opening Group C encounter of the 2015 competition in Ethiopia on Monday (Nov. 23)
The world’s youngest nation raced into the lead after 28 minutes through Bruno Martinez in a dominant first half which could have gotten worse for Djibouti had the Bright Stars been more clinical in front of goal.
Abuyo doubles lead
They were still the dominant force after the interval but had to wait until the 72nd minute to double their advantage courtesy of Dominic Abuyo’s strike from inside the area.
This was South Sudan’s first ever points in their second appearance in the competition. They lost all their group matches in their debut year in 2012, leaving the tournament without scoring while conceding seven goals. They are on top of Group C ahead of Malawi, 2-1 winners over Sudan.
Dalitso Sailesi had given invitees Malawi a 13th minute lead but Atahir El-Tahir Babikir hit the equalizer for Sudan three minutes later. Chiukepo Mosowoya restored Malawi’s lead at the hour mark. Three-time champions Sudan were gifted a chance to get the equalizer again but Simplex Nthala saved Mohamed El-Thir Osman’s penalty late on to give Malawi the win.
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