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South Sudan national football team

The South Sudan national football team represents South Sudan in international 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 coachCyprian Besong Ashu
CaptainJumma Genaro
Most capsJumma Genaro (28)
Top scorerJames Moga (6)
Home stadiumJuba National Stadium
FIFA codeSSD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 169 Decrease 1 (25 July 2019)[2]
Highest134 (November 2015)
Lowest205 (September 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 186 Steady (13 September 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 2 0 1 1 1 2
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 4 0 2 2 2 7

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 to   2013 Did not enter
  2015 to   2019 Did not qualify
  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
  2022
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

2018Edit

2019Edit

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)
2019–     Cyprian Besong Ashu

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Equatorial Guinea on 4 and 8 September 2019.

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No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ramadan John Mayik (2000-03-13) 13 March 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Rapta
18 1GK Khamis Daniel Dak (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 33) 8 0   Atlabara
23 1GK Majak Mawith (1999-09-19) 19 September 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Port Melbourne

2 2DF Peter Deng (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Heidelberg United
3 2DF Hassan James Martin (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Merreikh Aweil
4 2DF Peter Maker Manyang (C) (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 5 0   Amarat United
6 2DF Mathiang Mathiang (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Brunswick City
8 2DF Dominic Angelo Kornelis 2 0   Munuki
22 2DF Santino Deng Deng
24 2DF Friday Zico (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Armadale SC

5 3MF Mutwakil Abdulkarim (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 27) 3 0   Atlabara
7 3MF Peter Timothy Dusman (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 25) 7 0   SC Villa
12 3MF Jose Kutch Nyuar (1998-09-24) 24 September 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Amarat United
14 3MF Koang Thok Kerjok (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Al-Hilal Kadougli
16 3MF Jackson Morgan (1998-08-18) 18 August 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Stirling Lions
17 3MF Peter Chol (1994-10-23) 23 October 1994 (age 24) 16 1   Kator
21 3MF Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri 2 0   Amarat United

9 4FW David Majak (2000-10-10) 10 October 2000 (age 18) 1 0   Tusker
10 4FW Leon Uso Khamis (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 32) 24 3   Atlabara
11 4FW Dominic Abui Pretino (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 28) 25 4   Al Khartoum SC
15 4FW Jimmy Michael Omer 3 0   Atlabara
20 4FW Denis Yongule (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Geelong SC
25 4FW Kenny Athiu (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Melbourne Victory

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

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. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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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