South Sudan WCup qualifying debut ends day later in 1-1 draw

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) South Sudan earned a draw in its World Cup qualifying debut, holding Mauritania to 1-1 Thursday, a day after the game began and was then abandoned because of heavy rain.

The score was unchanged from when it was stopped after 10 minutes of play on Wednesday at the National Stadium.

Boubacar Bagili had scored in the third minute for Mauritania. Dominic Abui Pretino equalized with South Sudan’s first goal in World Cup qualifying, giving the world’s newest nation hope ahead of the return leg in Mauritania next week.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and was admitted by FIFA in 2012.

Last month, the South Sudanese secured their first ever victory in a competitive game when they beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in an African Cup qualifier.