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CHAN Qualifier: South Sudan 2-0 Somalia

30th April 2018
Championship of African Nations Qualifying, Preliminary Round 2nd Leg
Juba Stadium, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan 2-0 Somalia

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South Sudan completed a 4-1 aggregate win over Somalia in CHAN qualifying to progress to the next round where they will face Uganda. From our point of view it was a disappointing way for Somalia to complete the two-legged series with a second defeat following the narrow first leg loss.

After a goalless first half, strikes from Robert Wurube with a fine left-footed strike early in the second half, and then James Moga direct from a free-kick 15 minutes from the end secured the win for the hosts who had been comfortably on top throughout in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Highlights of the second leg are here:

This all means that Somalia remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the world rankings, as the chance for an escape has passed them by for the time being.


CHAN Qualifier: Somalia 1-2 South Sudan

22nd April 2018
Championship of African Nations Qualifying, Preliminary Round 1st Leg
El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, Djibouti City, Djibouti

Somalia 1-2 South Sudan

Somalia sadly failed to cling on to a draw in the opening leg of their Championship of African Nations preliminary round qualifier against South Sudan. The tournament is for players based domestically, which may make a difference to the stronger national sides in Africa, but has little bearing on the squads of the likes of Somalia.

In the match played in Djibouti due to the Somalian Civil War, South Sudan struck first as early as the sixth minute through James Moga, and a sense of inevitability set in for The Ocean Stars, as the Somali national team are nicknamed.

But they held firm throughout the remainder of the first half, and came back out after the break with a renewed vigour. They were rewarded for their endeavour within minutes of the restart thanks to an equaliser from Abas Amin Mohamed. Mohamed struck a fine effort from outside the penalty area after some neat approach play from the Ocean Stars, and the goal was celebrated with quite some gusto. It’s not often that a team such as Somalia get to celebrate a goal at all, let alone a fine hit like this one. At this point the prospect of a very encouraging draw was firmly on the cards.

That dream was a possibility for all of about a minute. That was all the time it took for South Sudan to restore their advantage, with Leon Uso Khamis putting the South Sudanese back in front at the first opportunity after a cross wasn’t dealt with by the Somali defence. It might be fair to say that the goal they scored, and the subsequent celebration, left the Somali players slightly unfocused on the task at hand.

Try as they might, Somalia were unable to come back again against what is clearly a superior opposition, if only marginally so. The tie is delicately poised ahead of next week’s second leg in Juba, but there is the niggling fear that this was an opportunity missed for Somalia to sneak off the bottom of the world rankings. At least they get another opportunity to do so next week.

Highlights of the rather short period when Somalia scored their fine equaliser and South Sudan got back ahead can be seen here:

AFCON 2019 Qualifier Preliminary: South Sudan 6-0 Djibouti

28th March 2017
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, Preliminary Round 2nd Leg
Juba Stadium, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan 6-0 Djibouti

Was it all a dream? Had it really happened that Djibouti had beaten South Sudan just a week previously? You could be forgiven for thinking their historic win was a figment of your imagination after Djibouti reverted to type in the second leg of their African Cup of Nations preliminary round qualifier.

Six goals in all found their way into the Djibouti net as South Sudan decisively won through to the main group stage leaving Djibouti wondering just what had hit them. The first leg victory seemed an awfully long time ago as South Sudan rattled in four goals before the break to easily surpass the first leg deficit. Continue reading

AFCON 2019 Qualifier Preliminary: Djibouti 2-0 South Sudan

22nd March 2017
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, Preliminary Round 1st Leg
El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, Djibouti City, Djibouti

Djibouti 2-0 South Sudan

It was a decade in the waiting, but Djibouti finally found that winning feeling once more to see off South Sudan in this first leg clash, sealing their rise from the bottom of the world rankings.

Having gone nearly ten years, and 34 matches, since tasting victory when beating Somalia 1-0 in late 2007, this success will be richly savoured by Djibouti, but they shouldn’t get carried away. They have every chance of securing a place in the main group stage by repeating the feat in South Sudan next week. Could they go on an unprecedented two match winning streak? I’m getting carried away… Continue reading

AFCON Preliminaries

With the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals still fresh in the memory, it seems odd to be talking about the next tournament in two years’ time already, but when your interest is in the weakest of teams, qualifying can start early.

The next AFCON tournament has included a preliminary qualifying round to ensure the numbers for the main group stage of qualifying are even. And so six unfortunates have to play home and away clashes to remove three nations from qualifying. Continue reading

CECAFA Cup 2015: Djibouti 0-4 Sudan

Friday 27th November 2015
CECAFA Cup Group C
Bahir Dar Stadium, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Djibouti 0-4 Sudan

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A hat-trick from Sudanese striker Athar El-Tahir consigned Djibouti to their third successive defeat in the CECAFA Cup group stages in Ethiopia. Faris Abdalla Mamoun also found the net in a what as a comfortable 4-0 victory for Sudan. Continue reading

CECAFA Cup 2015: Malawi 3-0 Djibouti

Wednesday 25th November 2015
CECAFA Cup Group C
Bahir Dar Stadium, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Malawi 3-0 Djibouti


It is now two defeats from two for the Riverains de la Mer Rouge (the Shoremen of the Red Sea) in the CECAFA Cup group stages. After defeat to South Sudan on Monday, it was the turn of Malawi to inflict more misery on the small nation of Djibouti – currently ranked by FIFA as the (joint) worst national team in the world. Continue reading