South Sudan’s Bright Stars celebrate their second equaliser against Uganda Cranes at Juba National Stadium in the match that ended 2-2. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 11 July 2012 [Gurtong] - The football match dubbed as “the Independence game” was South Sudan’s first international friendly since becoming a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Kizito Luanda put the Cranes ahead in the sixth minute of first half but the Bright Stars equalised about 20 minutes later through Richard Justin from a spot kick.
Uganda Cranes however had to play without left back Joseph Okaya, who got a second yellow card minutes after the Bright Stars’ equaliser.
Julius Ogwang restored the Cranes lead with a second goal.
The Bright Stars with enormous support from the enthusiastic fans got an equaliser in the dying minutes of the first half through James Joseph’s header.
Second half produced no goal despite the Cranes’ dominance.
The Bright Star’s goalkeeper Juma Jenaro saved several shots to deny the Ugandan side victory and was awarded US $200 for his excellent performance.
Zoran Djordjevic, the Bright Stars’ coach however said a lot needs to be done to improve the team.
“They only need support from us to enable them compete well in international competitions”, said Djordjevic.
The South Sudanese Youth and Sports Minister Cirino Hiteng, told Gurtong that the match was to gauge how they can compete in international football games.