Ex-Nomad Ukuno gets international call-up; Bala-TNS draw suits both

Former Connah’s Quay striker Apai Ukuno has received an international call-up for South Sudan for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin, writes Australian website The Corner Flag.

The ex-Nomad is currently plying his trade with Moreland City in Australia – the same club who former Carmarthen and Port Talbot Town brothers Casey and Corey Thomas play for.

Ukuno, 24, arrived at the Deeside Stadium in early 2015 and impressed in five WPL outings, scoring three goals but disappeared soon after.

“I am thrilled to have been selected for the national team and this time round, I am more determined to make [an appearance],” said Ukuno..

“I’ve been playing well for Moreland City and I believe I have a better chance of getting game time after scoring regularly this season.

“I think it really comes down to the quality of our team and our style of play which really works well with how I like to go about my football.”

With a quick exchange of glances at the full-time whistle, you can’t help but imagine that Colin Caton and Craig Harrison would have been thinking ‘that’ll do nicely’, after the league’s top-two sides played out a goalless draw on Tuesday night.

Bala held firm to keep TNS at bay at Maes Tegid to share the points which extends their lead over third-place Llandundo to four points. The draw also ensures TNS maintain their own nine-point lead over Bala, with five games remaining and both sides are now on course to achieve their respective pre-season expectations: European football for Bala; another WPL title for TNS.

On Matchday 28, the Saints visit Connah’s Quay on the weekend whilst Bala are at Newtown.


Image courtesy of Bala Town.

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