AFRICAN FOOTBALL

South Sudan secure first ever Cup of Nations triumph

South Sudan became an independent nation just six years ago, and finally won in the African Cup of Nations following a 2-1 qualifying victory over Somalia.

South Sudan became an independent nation just six years ago, and finally won in the African Cup of Nations following a 2-1 qualifying victory over Somalia.

South Sudan finally secured a victory in an international competition by defeating Somalia 2-1 this weekend in the first leg of an African Nations Championship qualifier.

South Sudan gained independence 6 years ago

The youngest nation in Africa, who achieved independence from Sudan six years ago, suffered heavy aggregate losses in their maiden Cup of Nations and World Cup appearances.

South Sudan were trounced 5-0 by Mozambique in a 2015 Cup of Nations eliminator and 5-1 by Mauritania in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The country has been plagued by a Civil War since December 2013.

Moga and Leon the heroes

James Moga gave the South Sudanese a half-time lead, but Somali Abbas Amin equalised before Khamis Leon scored the winner just before the hour.

Somalia, forced to play in neighbouring Djibouti for security reasons, travel to Juba for the return match next weekend.

South Sudanese football suffered a tragedy in November 2016, when a gunman killed nine people watching a televised match,