The match was very competitive and each team was committed to winning. Both sides launched successive attacks on the opposite goal, but none of them happened to score during the first half.
Somali coach Mohamed Abdulle Farayare told a post match press conference that he made more changes in terms of attacks on the opposite goal during the second half and as a result Somalia’s young striker Mahmoud Abdi Nur (Meman) scored the golden goal for Somalia in the 78th minute of the second half.
“That late goal died down Sudanese hopes and in the mean time increased the spirit of my boys-however we are ‘war-ravaged people’ then we are happy with such golden victory” coach Farayare told the press conference.
As usual countries play home and away matches in such cases, but the Somali and Sudanese football federations previously agreed to play one match in Sudan.
Somalia will meet Algeria in the second round of African youth championship October.
“Although we are still experiencing more problems in our country—the SFF had spent a lot of efforts on its youngsters and senior national teams, and we are very hopeful that in the years to come there will be a big change in terms of football development in Somalia” Secretary General Abdi Qani Said Arab told the media on Friday afternoon.
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