South Sudan National Cup

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South Sudan National Cup
Organising body South Sudan Football Association
Founded 2011; 6 years ago (2011)
Region South Sudan
Number of teams 16 (2016)
International cup(s) CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current champions Wau Salaam FC (2016)
Most successful club(s) Al-Malakia FC and Wau Salaam FC(2 titles)

The South Sudan National Cup is an annual knockout association football competition in men's domestic South Sudanese football. Organized by the South Sudan Football Association, the cup began in 2012, not long after South Sudan gained independence. Al-Malakia FC is the most successful club in South Sudan National Cup history, holding two titles. In the most recent competition, nine teams competed in the cup. However, the competition has only been held three times, most recently in 2014.

History[edit]

South Sudan gained its independence from the country of Sudan on July 9, 2011, after a referendum was passed into law.[1] The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) was formed in April 2011 and has gained membership of FIFA, CAF and CECAFA.[2][3][4][5] Alongside the National Cup, SSFA runs domestic leagues, with the South Sudan Football Championship as the top division.[6]

The first South Sudan National Cup was held in 2012 with eight teams entered in the competition.[7] The first round of the competition was a two-legged quarterfinal knockout stage. The four quarterfinal winners, El Nasir FC, Akwachi Dit, El Meriekh and Merreikh Aweil FC, entered a semi-final stage. The semi-finals each consisted of a single match. On Sept. 8, 2012, El Nasir FC beat Akwachi Dit 2–0. Then on Sept. 9, El Meriekh beat Merreikh Aweil FC 1–0, and these teams went on to play in the final. On Sept. 12, the Juba-based El Nasir FC beat the Renk-based El Meriekh 2–1 to win the title.[8]

In 2013, the second edition of the South Sudan National Cup was held. Many more teams entered than in 2012, and the first round of the competition was split up into regions. Teams from the states of Central Equatoria, Upper Nile and Western Equatoria competed. Eventually, 16 teams progressed to the final stage. They were split into four groups, but two of the four did not play. From the group stage, four teams qualified for the semi-finals. They were: Al-Malakia FC (Juba), Ahli FC (Malakal), Salaam Aweil FC (Northern Bahr el Ghazal) and Amal Raja FC (Western Bahr el Ghazal). Al-Malakia FC beat Ahli FC in penalties and Salaam Aweil FC beat Amal Raja FC 3–2. In the final, Al-Malakia FC won 2–0 and qualified for the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.[9]

The 2014 South Sudan National Cup was contested by nine teams, split up into two groups. Teams from the states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei did not compete due to conflicts in those areas. The teams were split into a Wau group and a Juba group. The eventual semi-finalists were Al-Malakia FC, Al-Ghazal FC (Wau), Eslah FC and Tahrir FC. Al-Ghazal FC and Al-Malakia FC won the semi-finals after winning 2–0 on aggregate and 6–3 on aggregate, respectively. Al-Malakia FC won the final held on Aug. 31, 2014, 1–0. By winning, Al-Malakia FC qualified for the 2015 CAF Champions League.[10]

In 2015, the SSFA announced a new cup competition for domestic South Sudanese football. Sponsored by the MTN Group, the MTN8 Football Championship was held in 2015 and won by Al-Malakia FC.[11][12]

In 2016, Wau Salaam FC won the South Sudan National Cup after beating Young Stars FC of Torit 3-0 in the final.[13]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ John Stephen, Juma (8 April 2011). "Provisional Football Association Of South Sudan Is Established". Gurtong. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "South Sudan becomes FIFA's 209th member". Reuters. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "South Sudan gain CAF membership". BBC Sport. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Okinyo, Collins (9 May 2012). "CECAFA welcomes South Sudan". SuperSport. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "South Sudan". FIFA. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "South Sudan – List of Champions and Cup Winners". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "South Sudan 2012". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "South Sudan 2013". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "South Sudan 2014". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Denis, Ejulu. "MTN Launches MTN8 Football Championship". The Corporate Weekly. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "South Sudan 2015". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  13. ^ [1] Kawowo.com. Retrieved 29 November 2016