Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
South Sudan beat Djibouti 4-2 to earn a first leg advantage as the preliminary round of the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers got underway.
The game was played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Cairo since Djibouti has no hosting ground that meets the CAF licensing standards.
Former Vipers and KCCA striker Tito Okello Odong scored twice while Rashid Toha and William Gama scored the others.
Following a goalless draw at halftime, Okello broke the deadlock from a penalty in the 54th minute.
Toha doubled the scores in the 68th minute with his first ever goal in a competitive game since switching allegiance from Uganda to South Sudan.
Okello completed his brace in the 75th minute with a cool finish before substitute William Gama scored the fourth.
Arua Hill’s Atendere Geriga Mawa started in the right back position and made his debut for South Sudan.
BUL’s Ivan Wani also started for the Bright Stars while Kyetume’s Ezra Bida and Villa defender Bernard Agelle were on bench.
Soltilo Bright Stars forward Emmanuel Peter Loki came off the bench.
Ugandan referee William Oloya was in charge of the game alongside his countrymen Ronald Katenya, Emmanuel Okudra and George Olemu (fourth official).
The second leg of the encounter will be played on Sunday 27th at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Uganda.
AFCON 2023 Qualifiers – Preliminary Round
First Leg Results
• Djibouti 2-4 South Sudan
• Seychelles 0-0 Lesotho
• Somalia 0-3 eSwatini
• Chad 0-1 The Gambia
• Sao Tome 1-0 Mauritius