An undermanned Team Greece displayed gallantry in their defeat against South Sudan in the Semi-Final Clash of the All Nations Cup.

Key players like Anthony Lesiotis, the midfield general, and Trent Skapetis, one of the competition’s leading goal scorers, were absent, leading to a 4-1 loss in a highly skilled and entertaining match.

The first half witnessed an arm wrestle, with both teams having opportunities. South Sudan capitalised on theirs just before the main break.

Team Greece emerged stronger in the second half, coming close to equalizing with missed chances and a spectacular free kick from Christo Theodorakopoulos hitting the crossbar. However, South Sudan countered and scored two goals, securing a 3-0 lead. Despite a late goal from George Gerondaras, South Sudan deservedly won the game.

Hellas vs South Soudan. Photo: Con Deves

Coach George Katsakis, though disappointed, praised his players, saying, “We definitely missed the boys out today but overall, I can’t fault the effort and commitment shown by my players. It’s disappointing not to have the opportunity to defend our title but we are very proud of our achievements over the duration of the tournament and we look forward to coming back next year and competing once again. I would personally like to thank both Bill Papastergiadis and Michael Karamitos from the Greek Community for this initiative and can’t express how grateful I am for them giving me the opportunity to coach this team.”

Michael Karamitos was also full of praise for George and the entire team.

“What a remarkable performance by an amazing group of players and all of our coaches. Congratulations to George Katsakis and Kon Tangalakis and a very special mention to our team managers, Tolis Marangoudis and Kon Kyranakis for their tireless work behind the scenes. We fell short today but we at the Greek Community are very proud of what our team has achieved over the last 2 years in this tournament and look forward to once again participating in 2024. We wish both Eritrea and South Sudan all the best in the final.

Acknowledging the team sponsors, Windsor Management Insurance Brokers, Accountancy Group, and LV Furniture, Karamitos extended best wishes to Eritrea and South Sudan in the final.

Photo: Con Deves