Source: South Sudan Football Association
South Sudan put up a spirited fight but lost 1-0 to Sudan in a quarter final match played in Gulu Town at the on-going Cecafa U-20 Challenge Cup on Sunday.
Coach Simon James Yorâ€™s team played their hearts out but missed a penalty and scored an own goal to exit the regional tournament.
After a goalless first half skipper Daniel Samuel Solong should have given South Sudan the lead from the spot, but his attempt was saved by Sudanâ€™s goalkeeper after 60 minutes.
With less than five minutes to the final whistle Buay Lam Chan netted an own goal that helped Sudan progress to the semi final stage.
â€œWe were very unlucky today because we had the chance to win the game and instead conceded a n own goal. But I think the tournament has been good exposure for my players,â€� said South Sudanâ€™s coach after the game.
In another quarter final tie Kenyaâ€™s Raising Stars beat Burundi 2-1 at the Fufa Technical center in Njeru.
Burundi took the lead through a goal by skipper Hamimu Hakiziman after 45 minutes. But Patrick Otieno and Benson Oluoch Ochieng netted second half goals to make sure Kenya progress.
Eritrea also progressed after a 5-0 victory over Zanzibar, while Tanzania shocked hosts Uganda 4-2.
The semi finals will be played on October 2nd, while the play-off for third place and final will be played on October 5th in Gulu.