Goalkeer Juma Jinaro was in the right position to save Gabon striker Axel Meye Me Ndong’s header.(Photo by David Mono Danga)
South Sudan’s midfielder Wurube Robert (R) tackling Gabon’s winger Dennis Bouanga. In July 2018, Bouanga joined Nîmes Olympique from FC Lorient on a three-year contract (L) ((Photo by David Mono Danga))
By David Mono Danga
The Bright Stars of South Sudan lost to Gabon by a goal to nil in the 2nd leg of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON2019) qualifiers at Juba Stadium in a wet Tuesday evening.
The Panthers of Gabon took the lead through center back Ondele Appidangaye just 3 minutes into second half after an overwhelming goalless first half. South Sudan lost to Gabon 3-0 in the 1st leg at the Stade d’Angondjé in Libreville on Friday last week.
Axel Meye Me Ndong missed couples of chances, heading wide two free headers from winger Dennis Bouanga’s corners and missing a one-on-one with the Bright Stars goalkeeper Juma Jinaro, shooting over the crossbar.
The win takes Gabon to seven points in Group C and leaves South Sudan pointless in the bottom of the table after four successive losses.
Substitute Khamis Leon Uso came in the second with an immediate impact as South Sudan held possession of the ball. The Merriekh FC’s skipper came close to netting when he fired a low show direct into the hands of the Panther’s goalkeeper, Ovono Ebang Didier.
Mali is top of the group on seven points, two ahead of second placed Burundi who they hosted on Friday night.
South Sudan has lost all four games, including back to back matches against Gabon, conceding ten goals in total and scoring none.
The Bright Stars have only won three matches in nations cup qualifiers since gaining independence in 2011. South Sudan’s first ever win came against Equatoria Guinea in September 5, 2015 when they beat the visitor’s one nil through Atak Lual.
South Sudan’s thrashing of Djibouti 6-0 in March, 2017 and Somalia’s home and away (2-0 and 2-1) loses in April last year were the Ultras Bright Star’s 2nd and third wins respectively.
The Bright Star’s Caretaker coach Ramzey Sebit told the media that he was impressed with the performance of the team irrespective of the results.
He blamed the loss on the heavy drizzles that wetted the pitch compromising their strength. Ramzey also noted poor preparation as an alert factor prior to both ties.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Daniel Cousin told the Juba Monitor after the match that Gabon needed the points more than South Sudan and hence deserved to win the tie.
“It was a must win for us today. So we deserved the 3 points compared to South Sudan,”coach Cousin said.
It was Coach Ramzey Sebit’s second match in charge after the German Coach Ait Abdelmalek’s resignation last month. It was also former Gabon international Daniel Cousin’s second game in charge after replacing Jose Antonio Camacho.
The match was officiated by Niger referees; Centre referee Mohamed Ali, assisted by Mohamadou Yohaya and Abdoulaziz Moctar Saley.
South Sudan Coach: Ramzey Sebit
- Juma Jinaro- GK. ©
- Atir Thomas
- Hassan James Martin
- Friday Zico
- Abdu Awad
- Chol Peter
- Aguer Joseph
- Wurube Robert
- Thok Koang
- Aluk Akech
- Atak Lual
- Robert Joseph
- Omot Sebit
- Yassir Khamis Biansi
- Duach John
- Khamis Leon
- Joseph Celestino
Coach: Daniel Cousin
- Ovono Ebang Didier
- Paulun Lloyd
- Ecuele Mounga
- Ondele Appindangale
- Biyogo Poko
- Loufilou Ndele
- Bouanga Attani
- Madinada Levi
- Mbigni Samsoh
- Ebane Ebessolo
- Axel Meye Me Dong