Burundi holds South Sudan in CECAFA U-20
By Wawowo Sports
South Sudan were held to a 3-3 draw by Burundi at the U-20 2019 CECAFA Challenge Cup on Saturday in Uganda.
The thrilling encounter played at the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Technical Centre in Njeru ended in a draw, with Burundi coming from behind to equalize each moment South Sudan scored.
Dan Lual Gumnok netted a hattrick for South Sudan but it was not enough to secure a to victory with Yassin Dushime, Karim Niyonkuru and Captain Hamimu Hakizimana scoring a goal each for Burundi.
Despite dominating the game from the opening stage of, Burundi failed to capitalize on their chances.
Arthur Nibikora tested the back of the net in the 10th minute but his goal was ruled for offside by centre referee Ali Mfaume from Zanzibar.
Two minutes later, South Sudan got the lead through forward Gumnok who beat Burundi’s defence in pace before slotting home.
In the 23rd minute, Dushime’s feeble strike outside the area beat goalkeeper Simon Pitia Justin at the far post to earn Burundi an equalizer.
South Sudan were forced into making a change in the 33rd minute when Tony Francis Clement sustained an injury and was replaced by Steven Duol Doyak.
With six minutes to the first half, Gumnok registered his name on the score sheet again when he ran through on goal to lobe past onrushing goalkeeper to restore the lead for South Sudan.
Burundi were the better side in the second half and it took only four minutes to once again level the score, this time from the penalty spot.
Nyinonkuru did no mistake when Nibikora was brought down inside the penalty area to convert the resultant penalty, sending goalkeeper the wrong way.
Gumnok pounced onto a loose ball following a goal melee to complete his hat trick in the 58th minute.
Ultimately, Burundi who kept surging forward got the equalizer through captain Hakizimana whose low drive found the back of the net to help his team salvage a point.
The two teams are in Group C alongside Somalia.
In group A, hosts Uganda were held to a 1-1 draw by Eritrea while Sudan beat Djibouti 4-0 in the games played at Pece Stadium, Gulu district on Saturday.
The following were the first teams from South Sudan and Burundi.
South Sudan Starting XI: Simon Pitia Justin, Dominic James Arkanelo, Geofrey Akol Tobs, Chan Lam Buay, Stephen Data Joseph, Emmanuel Gama William, Tony Francis Clement, Samuel Solong Daniel (C), Daniel Lual Gumnok, Emmanuel Peter Loki, Taban Angero Phillip.
Burundi Starting XI: Juma Nijimbere, Amissi Ntunzwenimana, Ally Ndikumana, Michel Prince Musore, Akbar Muderi, Hamimu Hakizimana (C), Nasri Samir, Arthur Nibikora, Karim Niyonkuru, Yassin Dushime.