Africa: TotalEnergies AFCON Qualifier – Barry Strikes At the Death As Gambia Edge Past South Sudan

Substitute Hamza Barry scored in the sixth minute of added time as Gambia beat South Sudan 3-2 in a five-goal thriller in Suez, to keep alive their hopes of qualifying to the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

South Sudan had rallied twice from a goal down to draw 2-2 with a 91st minute goal from Peter Chol, but Barry’s goal late on saw The Scorpions earn victory and move second in Group G with nine points, three clear of Congo who play leaders Mali in the other group match.

With three points, South Sudan’s dreams of a maiden qualification to the Cup of Nations have been dashed and will now only play the last group match as a formality.

Both sides needed a win at all costs to keep their hopes alive, and it was Gambia who would settle their nerves first, earning a third minute lead courtesy of a Rehan Malong own goal. The defender looped the ball beyond his own goalkeeper as he attempted to clear a freekick from Musa Barrow.

Barrow should have made it 2-0 for Gambia just two minutes later, but his shot from a cutback on the left was just wide.

Malong’s day ended early as he was hooked out for Emmanuel Peter Loki after just 18 minutes.

South Sudan rallied and drew level in the 21st minute when Yuel Kuach thumped the ball home from inside the box off Ajak Chol’s cross. The Australia based winger did well to outmuscle Omar Colley of the ball on the left before cutting back a cross that Kuach side-footed home.

Kuach almost made it 2-1 for South Sudan in the 32nd minute when he curled a decent effort from the edge of the box, but his effort came cracking under the bar.