South Sudan became the first team to bow out of the GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after losing 1-3 to Kenya in the second Group A encounter at Nyayo Stadium.
South Sudan were beaten 2-1 by Zanzibar in the first match. With one match to go against Ethiopia, prospects of upsetting the North Africans are slim. But even if they scrape through, chances of becoming best losers are virtually buried.
With only their second Cecafa appearance, the newest African nation is slowly graduating into a reputable force and with time it will catapult to the caliber of regional greats.
Against Zanzibar, South Sudan were trailing 0-2 but the team’s fight back saw them score the consolation goal through Fabiano Lako and came close to snatching a draw.
The team again confirmed their gradual rise to glory when they stretched Kenya in the first half. Kenya took an early lead through former Tanzania champions Azam’s striker Joakins Atudo before Richard Lado made it 1-1. Jacob Keli and David Owino added two goals for Kenya to jolt the fighting Bright Stars.
Kenya and Ethiopia have virtually qualified for the quarter finals. One of them is already a sure bet as outright qualifiers irrespective of their final matches. A win for Zanzibar against Kenya will still make Harambee Stars one of the best losers and vice versa.
Kenya has gone without silverware since 2002 when they won the event in Dar es Salaam. They have made futile attempts to recover their lost glory but in vain.