AFCON 2021 Qualifiers (Group B):
South Sudan 1-0 Uganda Cranes
Malawi 0-0 Burkina Faso
In a heavily contested match at Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Hosts South Sudan registered their first win to keep their hopes of qualification alive with two more rounds to play.
The former vipers forward Okello won a penalty in the 35th minute to give hosts a lead after a foul by defender Halid Lwalilwa.
The only goal in the match was quite enough to enable South Sudan register their first win in 4 games of the 2022 AFCON Qualifiers
Moments before the goal, Uganda Cranes had lost a man when Midfielder Khalid Aucho was shown a straight red card by Benin’s FIFA Referee Djindo Louis Houngnandande for fouling on the South Sudan starlet.
Cranes fought hard to register a comeback but saw Farouk Miya’s goal ruled out after taking a rebound from the goal line to be cleared by Sudan defenders.
South Sudan later saw a red card after second-half substitute Musa Abdallah was sent off for a second bookable offense for a foul on Cranes striker Emmanuel Okwi.
Cranes’ hopes to pick a point ended futile at full-time with South Sudan registering their first ever competitive defeat against the Cranes.
The result leaves Cranes in 2nd position with 7 points and Burkina Faso sitting at the top with 8 points after their goalless draw with Malawi.
The last 2 matches for the AFCON qualifiers will happen in March 2021 with fixtures at home against Burkina Faso and the last game in Limpopo against Malawi.