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South Sudan goalkeeper Daniel Khemis deservedly won man-of-the-match gong for his outstanding performance after saving Geoffrey Sserunkuma's penalty.

The Bright Stars of South Sudan held Uganda Cranes to a goalless draw in a 2018 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier played at the National stadium in Juba on Friday.

The Cranes started the game with lots of attacks at the South Sudan goal, but the home side made sure they defended in numbers, keeping the strikers at bay.

Geoffrey Sserunkuma juggles the ball in training

Derrick Nsibambi got the ball at the back of the net for Uganda midway the first half, but the Eritrean referee, Idris Mehammed Osman, ruled it out for off-side.

Goalkeeper Daniel Khemis, voted man of the match for his outstanding performance, saved Geoffrey Sserunkuma’s penalty after 53 minutes. Milton Kalisa had been brought down in the box.

The Bright Stars also made some attempts through Atlabara FC midfielder Dusman Peter Timothy and Joseph Celestion Ayuru, but all had their shots miss the target.

The Uganda Cranes tactician Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic made some changes, bringing on the fresh legs of Tom Masiko, Brian Majwega and Paul Mucureezi, but to no avail as the home side stood firm.

Later, South Sudan’s Zacharia Scopas Woro was booked for a foul on Isaac Muleme. Uganda tried to throw more players in attack in the last five minutes, but the Bright Stars goalkeeper showed his good form, denying Majwega and Sserunkuma.

“We are happy to hold Uganda here. We now need to go and win in Kampala next weekend,” said South Sudan captain James Joseph Mogga.

The return leg will be played on July 22 at the Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo.

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