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S’Sudan Makes History

Posted: Sep 6, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

South Sudan, ranked 198th in the latest world rankings, recorded its first ever win in a competitive match with a 1-0 defeat of Equatorial Guinea in a 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

South Sudan team

South Sudan team

The victory happened at the Juba Stadium in the South Sudan capital.

‘Bright Star’ played its first match in 2012 after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan the year before and had failed to win in its first 12 competitive matches (losing 10 and drawing two).

Their winless run ended on Saturday with victory over a team ranked over 100 places above it in the world.

After a well contested opening 45, the hosts took the lead on 52 minutes – Atak Lual striking the ball past Orlando Pirates stopper Felipe Ovono.

The goal set the 2015 AFCON hosts in motion, but South Sudan held on to secure their first ever win, sparking mass celebrations inside the stadium.

The defeat leaves Nzalang Nacional bottom of Group C while South Sudan are level on points with Mali who face Benin on Sunday.

Mubarak Wakaso curled in a free-kick late on to give Ghana a deserved 1-0 win over Rwanda in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The victory ensured that the Black Stars took firm charge of Group H with six points from two matches.

It was sweet revenge for Ghana which lost to the Amavubi Stars by the same margin at the same venue 12 years ago to miss out of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

Aside the late winner, the only talking point was the horrendous pitch which made ball control difficult.

Head coach Avram Grant decided to start on-loan Roda JC Kerkrade striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom in the absence of the Shanghai SIPG arrowhead.

In another encounter, Botswana stunned Burkina Faso 1-0 in a Group B match.

The only goal was scored by Joel Mogorowsi in the second half. This was Botswana’s first win of the qualifiers.

Burundi defeated visiting Niger 2-0 to get its qualifying campaign back on track in Bujumbura on Saturday.

Burundi now has three points from two matches after losing opening game 3-1 to Senegal.

Niger is also on three points after it piped Namibia in June.

Senegal beat Namibia 2-0 away to secure the maximum three points to lead the group with six points.

Burundi’s next game will be against Namibia at the end of March next year, while Niger faces Senegal.