Godwill Simon: Photos of 18-Year-Old Sudanese Goalkeeper Break the Internet

Godwill Simon: Photos of 18-Year-Old Sudanese Goalkeeper Break the Internet

Ibitoye Shittu
  • South Sudan's Under-20 national team defeated Central African Republic 1-0 on February 23
  • Goalkeeper, Godwill Simon has got fans talking about his age following his star performance
  • Simon is said to be 18 but many around the world are of the view that he is older than claimed

Football fans around the world have been left confused and even disappointed after they spotted photos of 18-year-old South Sudanese goalkeeper, Godwill Yogusuk Simon representing his country at the ongoing Under-20 AFCON in Egypt.

The goalkeeper was in action on February 23 and his brilliant performance helped his country to an historic 1-0 win over the Central African Republic (CAR).

Paul Mara Jawa won and converted the penalty kick that eventually gave the South Sudanese players their first ever victory in the Under-20 AFCON.

Sudan, CAR, Under-20 AFCON, Godwill Simon, age
The Sudanese national team poses for photos on the pitch. Photo by MB Media.
Source: Getty Images

However, it was the appearance of country's goalkeeper that got everyone talking, with pundits and fans claiming he could not possibly fall into the competition's age bracket.

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Many fans expressed concerns and asked if those in charge of the competition had truly done proper screening of player's ages before the start of the competition.

Photo: Godwill Simon receives award

South Sudan will hope to continue with their fine form in the ongoing tournament.

Sports Brief spoke to top Nigerian journalist, Bayour Issah about the appearance of the Sudanese goalkeeper and claims about his age.

''The fact is that we all know Simon can never be an under-20 player and that is the problem we are having as Africans and the reason European players have longer careers than ours."
''I will blame CAF for this because this is an embarrassment.''

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Sports Brief also reported on Nigeria's Flying Eagles recording a first win of the 2023 African Under 20 Nations Cup, beating hosts Egypt 1-0 in their second group game on February 22.

The encounter was challenging for Ladan Bosso and his wards, who had the home fans against them. However, it was a must-win for the Nigerians, who lost to Senegal in their opener.

The Flying Eagles succeeded however, giving themselves a good chance of progressing to the next round of the competition depending on the outcome of their final group game.