South Sudan gunning for revenge over Gabon

South Sudan gunning for revenge over Gabon
Evouna Malick of Gabon during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Cameroon and Gabon at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 22 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Monday Oct 15, 2018. 11:30

South Sudan will be gunning for their first win their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign when they host Gabon in a Group C match at the Juba Stadium on Tuesday.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 15h00.

South Sudan will also be looking for revenge over Gabon who thrashed them 3-0 in an Afcon qualifier this past Saturday thanks to goals from Denis Bouanga, Aaron Appindangoye and Hassan Martin.

South Sudan really have had a miserable time in qualifying with three losses from as many matches as they occupy bottom of Group C with zero points. They have lost every game 3-0 to Burundi, Mali and Gabon.

In retrospect, Gabon’s win over South Sudan last week was their first in qualifying but it still only sees them place third in Group C with four points, a point behind second-placed Burundi and three points behind leaders Mali.

Gabon’s Afcon qualifying campaign started poorly with an opening day 2-1 loss to Mali which was followed up with a 1-1 draw with Burundi before securing the 3-0 win over South Sudan.

That win was Gabon’s second in 2018 from five matches and they will be eager to repeat the feat to challenge for a spot at Afcon 2019. They will certainly fancy their chances against a South Sudan side who has not won a match in their last eight international outings.



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