South Sudan beats Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in ‘African Cup of Nations qualification matches’

Juba, September 5, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudan has scored “its first ever competitive victory” in the second-half game in the African Cup of Nations qualification matches, beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0.

The goal was scored by Atak Lual in Juba on Saturday. The win moves South Sudan to Group C, with Mali and Benin.

It was three years ago when the violence-ravaged nation was allowed to play in international football.

South Sudan is in the midst of raging civil war with tens of thousands of people killed, hundreds of thousands fled to the neighboring countries, and more than two million people fled their homes.

The power-sharing deal brokered by the IGAD-Plus last month calls for South Sudan’s warring factions to stop fighting and implement the pact.

However, South Sudanese government forces have been accused of carrying out numerous attacks on rebel positions in Unity and Upper Nile States.

On Friday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) warned that it is preparing to impose punitive measures against South Sudan if the deal is not implemented.

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