WCQ: South Sudan Frustrate Togo At Home

Wednesday, June 5
*Central Africa 1-0 Chad
*Namibia 1-1 Liberia
*Sierra Leone 2-1 Djibouti
*Togo 1-1 South Sudan
*Tunisia 1-0 Equatorial Guinea

Lower-ranked South Sudan fought back from a goal down to force a one-all draw against Togo in their first leg of the 2026 FIFA World Qualifiers Group B match played at Kégué in Lomé, Togo

Khaled Narey scored first for the home side in the 61st minute of the game, but the visitors equalised less than ten minutes after, as an own goal by Togolese midfielder, Rogar Aholou in the 68th minute drew the game level.

Bright Star’s Head Coach, Nicolas Dupuis wanted more from his players, but was grateful that atleast they picked a point on the road, thanks to the determination and team spirit exhibited by his team in Lomé.

“I am very grateful to the players for the great enthusiasm and team spirit the boys displayed this evening,” Dupuis said at a press conference following the draw on Wednesday.

“We have good players and if we continue with the same spirit, I am very sure that we shall be a great team in one or two years to come,” the coach added.

South Sudan’s next match will be abit special – a home affair against Sudan in Juba on the 11th of June 2024, which will also be the grand opening of the Juba National Stadium.

The Bright Stars, who haven’t won any of their three games have so far managed two draws, and lost once, accumulating two points in the process – now fifth in Group B with 6 teams.

Togo would’ve gone too of the table, had they managed to defend their lead against South Sudan. The draw, their third in three games keeps the West African side fourth on the table with three points.

Senegal leads group B with four points, followed by Sudan (4), DR Congo (3), Togo (3), South Sudan (2) and Mauritania (1).

How Both Teams Lined Up:

Togo XI; Mensah (GK), Romao (C), Bessile, Boma, Aziangbe, Denkey, Bebou, Narey, Tchakei, Aholou, Karim

Substitutes; Ouro-Oneni, Kagbatawouli, Agbozo, Quattara, Holete, Agbagno, Asamoah, Klidge, Laba, Annie

South Sudan XI; Juma Jenaro (GK), Peter Maker (C), Rashid Toha, Joseph Dhata, Emmanuel Loki, Peter Chol, Samuel Taban, Jackson Morgan, Charles Ouma, Kuach Yuel, Tito Okello

Substitutes; Joseph Anyama, Godwill Yugusuk, Gadafi Wahab, Ivan Wani, Geriga Atendele, Monyluak Aguek, Paul America, Lazarus Peter, Machop Malual, Akok Akoi, Joseph Malish



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