South Sudan loses to Ethiopia in East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup
November 24, 2012
South Sudan fought well but lost their first international competitive football game 1-0 to Ethiopia. The match is part of the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup (Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Championships / Cecafa Tusker Cup 2012) and was held at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Kampala, Uganda on Saturday.
Ethiopia are four time champions but got eliminated in the first round in the last year tournament. With this win, they gained the much-needed 3 points. They will face Uganda on Tuesday and winning that match will mean they will enter into the quarter-finals.
Yonathan Kebede made a goal during the second-half of the game.
The South Sudan football team had very little international experience so far. They played only one match earlier to this. That friendly match held in July against Uganda has ended in a 2-2 draw. The team's Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic said that the players had a very short preparation. He said the team showed solid performance until a defensive error allowed Kebede to score after an hour.
South Sudan’s captain Khamis Leon got an opportunity at the 40th minute when he passed the ball to Willian Silvesto to score, but the ball was too fast for him to tap in. The team showed more power of their foot in the second-half but it was Ethopia who scored a goal to secure their win.
A one minute silence was observed in honour of a South Sudan player Luis William who succumbed to malaria last week as he prepared for the Cecafa tournament.
South Sudan will be facing Kenya in their next match on November 27, 2012 at 16:00 hrs followed by the match against the mighty Uganda on November 30, 2012 at 18:00 hrs.