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South Sudan national football team

The South Sudan national football team represents South Sudan in international association football and is controlled by the South Sudan Football Association, the governing body for football in South Sudan.

South Sudan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bright Stars[1]
AssociationSouth Sudan Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachRamsey Sebit (caretaker)
CaptainJumma Genaro
Most capsJumma Genaro (23)
Top scorerJames Moga (6)
Home stadiumJuba National Stadium
FIFA codeSSD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 167 Decrease 3 (4 April 2019)[2]
Highest134 (November 2015)
Lowest205 (September 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 188 Decrease 5 (27 March 2019)[3]
Highest171 (2016)
Lowest188 (November 2018)
First international
South Sudan South Sudan 2–2 Uganda 
(Juba, South Sudan; 10 July 2012)
Biggest win
South Sudan South Sudan 6–0 Djibouti 
(Juba, South Sudan; 28 March 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Mozambique 5–0 South Sudan South Sudan
(Maputo, Mozambique; 18 May 2014)

Contents

HistoryEdit

Dr. Sally Samuel Lolako was appointed on 25 May 2011 to oversee the national team.[4] The national team's first international fixture was due to be against the Kenyan national team on 10 July 2011 as part of the country's independence celebrations.[5][6] However, in the event the opposition was provided by Tusker FC of the Kenyan Premier League,[7] alongside the first international fixture of the national basketball team. The match was played at Juba Stadium. South Sudan scored within ten minutes, but they later conceded three goals in a 3–1 defeat.[8] South Sudan was officially admitted as a CAF member on 10 February 2012, at the 34th CAF Ordinary General Assembly hosted in Libreville, Gabon.[9] South Sudan was admitted as a FIFA member on 25 May 2012 at the second session of the 62nd FIFA Congress hosted in Budapest, Hungary.[10][11]

On 10 July 2012, South Sudan competed in its first full international match, a friendly against Uganda in Juba.[12] The match ended in a 2–2 draw, with James Moga and Richard Justin Lado scoring for South Sudan. This match resulted in South Sudan entering the FIFA rankings at the start of August in 199th place.[12]

The South Sudanese took part in their first ever international football tournament when they took part in the 2012 CECAFA Cup in Uganda.[13][14] They were drawn in Group A alongside Ethiopia, Kenya, and hosts Uganda.[15] The national team played their first match against Ethiopia, losing 1–0 through a Yonathan Kebede goal. In their next match, they lost 2–0 against Kenya. Their final match saw them suffer a 4–0 loss to Uganda.

South Sudan entered its first major international tournament in 2014, taking part in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. As one of the four lowest ranked national teams in Africa, it entered in the preliminary stage and was scheduled to play against Eritrea, who withdrew, thus qualifying South Sudan for the first qualifying round.[16][17] There, they played Mozambique over two legs, losing a national record 5–0 at the Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo, but hosting a goalless draw in the second leg despite being eliminated on aggregate. South Sudan's home leg was held at the Khartoum Stadium in Sudan due to the South Sudanese Civil War.

On 5 September 2015, South Sudan won its first FIFA-recognized match, against Equatorial Guinea in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   2010 Part of   Sudan Part of   Sudan
  2014 Did not enter Did not enter
  2018 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 5
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 2 0 1 1 1 5

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 to   2010 Part of   Sudan
    2012 Did not enter
  2013
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017
  2019
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total 0/32

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2009 Part of   Sudan
  2011
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016
  2018
  2020 To be determined
Total - 0/5 - - - - - -

CECAFA CupEdit

CECAFA Cup record
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1973 to   2010 Part of   Sudan
  2011 Did not enter
  2012 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 7
  2013 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 2 7
  2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 1 1 4 0
  2017 Group stage 9th 3 0 1 2 1 8
Total Quarter-finals 4/39 13 2 2 9 7 22

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Burundi on 10 June 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of 30 April 2017 after the game against Somalia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jumma Genaro (c) (1988-02-28) 28 February 1988 (age 31) 24 0   Al-Hilal Omdurman
1GK Khamis Daniel (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 27) 8 0   Atlabara
1GK David Urbano (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Al-Hilal Juba

2DF David Dada (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 25) 18 0   Al-Malakia FC
2DF Athir Thomas (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 32) 17 1   Al-Nahda
2DF Zachariah Benasio (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 28) 17 0   Al-Merrikh Kosti SC
2DF Zachariah Scopas (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 31) 3 0   Atlabara
2DF Yassir Khamis (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 28) 1 0   Kator FC
2DF Duach Jock (1986-12-20) 20 December 1986 (age 32) 6 0   Chennai City

3MF Dominic Abui Pretino (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 28) 18 3   Al Khartoum SC
3MF Isaac Mattia (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 31) 11 0   Sheba Sudan FC
3MF Wurube Robert Lopidia (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24) 5 2   Atlabara
3MF Peter Dusman (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Atlabara

4FW Leon Uso Khamis (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 32) 18 3   Merreikh FC
4FW James Moga (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 35) 15 6   Kator FC
4FW Aluck Akech (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 25) 9 0   Al-Shorta FC
4FW Atak Lual (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 29) 13 3   Al-Ahly Shendi

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for South Sudan in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Edmon Amadeo (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 29) 3 0   Al-Hilal Juba v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
DF Kuach Kamon (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26) ? 0   Al-Merrikh Juba v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
DF Peter Deng (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Moreland Zebras v.   Benin, 27 March 2016

MF Chol Bentiu (1994-10-23) 23 October 1994 (age 24) 3 1   Huria FC 2018 African Nations Championship qualification
MF William Ofiri (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 35) 12 0   Rainbow FC v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Fabiano Lako (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 31) 5 0   Atlabara v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Lubari Zarambi (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 32) 2 0   Al-Malakia v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Samuel Ladu (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Al-Hilal Juba v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Achuil Tito Akol 0 0   Kator FC v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Dhuors Ngor Chol (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Inter Leizpig v.   Mali, 4 June 2016

FW Sebit Bruno (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 23) 10 3   Kator FC v.   Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
FW Kenny Athiu (1992-05-08) 8 May 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Melbourne Victory training camp, 18 April 2018
Notes
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.Richard Justin Lado
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

In addition, the players that are participating in the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification (which features only players registered with clubs in South Sudan, but matches count as full internationals).

CoachesEdit

Dates Name
2009–2011 Stephen Constantine
2011–2012 Malesh Soro
2012 Ismail Balanga
2012–2013 Zoran Đorđević
2013–2014 Ismail Balanga
2014 Salyi Lolaku Samuel
2014–2015 Lee Sung-jea
2015–2016 Leo Adraa
2016 Joseph Malesh
2017 Elya Wako
2017–2018 Bilal Felix Komoyangi
2018 Ahcene Aït-Abdelmalek
2018- Ramsey Sebit (caretaker)

Dual-internationalsEdit

The following South Sudanese international footballers have also played for Sudan before the country's independence:

RecordEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

As of October 6, 2017
Players in bold are still active.
# Name Career Goals Caps
1. James Moga 2012–present 6 18
2. Atak Lual 2014–present 4 21
3. Dominic Abui Pretino 2014–present 3 18
4. Sebit Bruno 2015–present 3 10
5. Khamis Leon 2012–present 3 17
6. Duku Wurube 2014–present 2 5
7. Athir Thomas 2012–present 1 17

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NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Storyville 2014 Soccer Coach Zoran and his African Tigers". 18 December 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ Kayanga, John (25 May 2011). "Constitution, Budget for National soccer team remains unfinished". Juba Post. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Martell, Peter (6 July 2011). "World's Newest Nation Set to Step Into Sporting Arena". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  7. ^ Rice, Xan (10 July 2011). "South Sudan marks statehood with football match". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Independent South Sudan play first football match". Kickoff.com. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  9. ^ South Sudan admitted as a member of CAF, SuperSport.com, Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  10. ^ "FIFA Congress fully backs reform process, appoints first woman to Executive; welcomes South Sudan as 209th FIFA member". FIFA Congress. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  11. ^ Mensah, Kent (27 May 2012). "South Sudan become Fifa's 209th member". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  12. ^ a b "South Sudan enter FIFA rankings". Reuters. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  13. ^ South Sudan set for international debuts at Cecafa cups BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2012
  14. ^ World newest state set for CECAFA début Futaa.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012
  15. ^ Ethiopia get tough draw for 2012 Cecafa Challenge Cup BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2012
  16. ^ "Eritrea withdraws from Nations Cup Qualification". Reuters.com. 30 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Eritrea withdraws from Can 2015". Cafonline.com. 30 March 2014.

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