South Sudan national football team
|Association||South Sudan Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||CECAFA (East & Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Cyprian Besong Ashu|
|Most caps||Leon Uso Khamis (29)|
|Top scorer||James Moga (6)|
|Home stadium||Juba National Stadium|
|Current||169 (27 May 2021)|
|Highest||134 (November 2015)|
|Lowest||205 (September 2013)|
| South Sudan 2–2 Uganda |
(Juba, South Sudan; 10 July 2012)
| South Sudan 6–0 Djibouti |
(Juba, South Sudan; 28 March 2017)
| Mozambique 5–0 South Sudan |
(Maputo, Mozambique; 18 May 2014)
The majority of the squad is usually derived from either the domestic South Sudan Premier League, or various clubs in the Australian football league system, from among the South Sudanese-Australian diaspora.
Zoran Đorđević was appointed on 25 May 2011 to oversee the national team. For their inaugural year the team was featured in Storyville episode called Soccer Coach Zoran and his African Tigers. The national team's first international fixture was due to be against the Kenya national team on 10 July 2011 as part of the country's independence celebrations. However, in the event the opposition was provided by Tusker of the Kenyan Premier League, alongside the first international fixture of the national basketball team. The match was played at the Juba Stadium. South Sudan scored within ten minutes, but they later conceded three goals in a 3–1 defeat. South Sudan was officially admitted as a CAF member on 10 February 2012, at the 34th CAF Ordinary General Assembly hosted in Libreville, Gabon. 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.
On 10 July 2012, South Sudan competed in its first full international match, a friendly against Uganda in Juba. 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.
The South Sudanese took part in their first ever international football tournament when they took part in the 2012 CECAFA Cup in Uganda. They were drawn in Group A alongside Ethiopia, Kenya, and hosts Uganda. 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. There, they played Mozambique over two legs, losing 5–0 at the Estádio do Zimpeto in Maputo, but hosting a goalless draw in the second leg which was held at the Khartoum Stadium in Sudan due to the South Sudanese Civil War.
On 5 September 2015, South Sudan achieved their first official victory, a 1–0 home win against Equatorial Guinea in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. One month later South Sudan played their first ever match in FIFA World Cup Qualification, a 1–1 draw at home to Mauritania. South Sudan would lose both return matches 4–0.
During 2019 AFCON qualifying the Bright Stars achieved their record win, defeating Djibouti 6–0 in Juba, however they lost all seven of their other matches meaning they remained among the lowest ranked teams in Africa.
In October 2019, in the 2021 AFCON preliminary round, South Sudan won an away game for the first time, beating Seychelles 1–0 in Victoria to secure a 3–1 aggregate victory. This sees the Bright Stars advance to the qualifying group stage for the third consecutive edition.
South Sudan have been invited to taking part in 2021 FIFA Arab Cup which will held in Qatar.
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|12 November 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Uganda||1–0||South Sudan||Entebbe, Uganda|
||Report||Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium-Kitende|
Referee: Messie Nkounkou (DR Congo)
|16 November 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||South Sudan||1–0||Uganda||Nairobi, Kenya[note 1]|
|16:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium|
Referee: Louis Houngnandande (Benin)
|13 March Friendly||Kenya||1–0||South Sudan||Nairobi, Kenya|
||Report||Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium|
Referee: Dickens Mimisa (Kenya)
|24 March 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||South Sudan||0–1||Malawi||Omdurman, Sudan|
||Stadium: Al-Hilal Stadium|
Referee: Anthony Ogwayo (Kenya)
|29 March 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Burkina Faso||1–0||South Sudan||Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso|
||Report||Stadium: Stade du 4 Août|
Referee: George Rogers (Liberia)
|2014||Salyi Lolaku Samuel|
|2017–2018||Bilal Felix Komoyangi|
|2018||Ramsey Sebit (caretaker)|
|2019–||Cyprian Besong Ashu|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Ramadan John Mayik||17 March 2000||0||0||Malakia|
|23||GK||Majak Mawith||18 September 1999||6||0||Port Melbourne|
|2||DF||Majok Bak Mathiang||Amarat United|
|3||DF||Godfrey Okello||2 May 1997||Altona Magic|
|4||DF||Peter Maker (captain)||1 January 1994||5||0||Amarat United|
|14||DF||Rehan Angier||1 January 2002||Munuki|
|15||DF||John Kuol Chol||9 November 1999||7||0||Kariobangi Sharks|
|17||DF||David Omot||28 October 1998||Alamal Atbara|
|29||DF||Mutwakil Yom||4 August 1992||3||0||Atlabara|
|6||MF||Dominic Angelo Kornelio||14 April 2000||2||0||Munuki|
|7||MF||Ivan Wani||12 December 1998||Busoga United|
|8||MF||Manyumow Achol||10 December 1999||2||0||Hawke's Bay United|
|11||MF||Dominic Abui||1 January 1991||Al Khartoum|
|16||MF||Jackson Morgan||18 August 1998||4||0||Stirling Lions|
|21||MF||Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri||16 May 1993||2||0||Amarat United|
|24||MF||Saad Musa||6 August 1999||Leopards|
|25||MF||Stephen Pawaar||7 January 1993||3||0||Munuki|
|9||FW||Kenny Athiu||5 August 1992||6||0||Sri Pahang|
|10||FW||Tito Okello||7 January 1997||0||0||Gor Mahia|
|12||FW||Joseph Kuch Nyuar||24 September 1998||6||3||Amarat United|
|19||FW||Aluck Akech||8 February 1994||15||0||Alamal Atbara|
|20||FW||Denis Yongule||3 June 1998||4||0||Eastern Lions|
|22||FW||Makueth Wol||10 February 2000||1||0||Mbarara City|
Recent call ups
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Robert Joseph||1 January 1989||0||0||Al-Salam Wau||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|DF||Hassan James Martin||28 August 1997||6||0||Al-Hilal||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|DF||Salah Abubaker||1 January 1996||2||0||Al-Salam Wau||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|MF||Koang Thok Kerjok||27 July 1993||5||1||Al-Hilal Kadougli||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|MF||Jimmy Michael Omer||7 July 1998||3||0||Atlabara||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|MF||Justin John||Super Eagles||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|MF||Daniel Warabek||Al-Salam Bor||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
|FW||Sabri Mutawakil||Amarat United||v. Cameroon (local-based), 10 October 2020|
- As of 29 March 2021
- Players in bold are still active with South Sudan.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|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|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957 to 2010||Part of Sudan|
|2012 to 2013||Did not enter|
|2015 to 2021||Did not qualify|
|2023||To be determined|
African Nations Championship
|African Nations Championship record|
|2009||Part of Sudan|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|CECAFA Cup record|
|1973 to 2010||Part of Sudan|
|2011||Did not enter|
|2019||Did not enter|
Arab Nations Cup record
|Arab Nations Cup||Arab Nations Cup Qualification record|
|1963||Part of Sudan||Part of Sudan|
|2012||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2021||To be determined|
Head-to-head records against other countries
- As of 16 November 2020
The following South Sudanese international footballers have also played for Sudan national football team before the country's independence:
- James Moga – forward for Sudan. Played for them in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification and 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. Played 14 matches and scored six goals.
- Richard Justin Lado – Experienced defender in club football for Khartoum 3 and played for Sudan between 2008 and 2012.
- Athir Thomas – defender in Sudan before the country's partition.
- Roy Gulwak – Goalkeeper who represented Sudan in two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches in 2009, conceding two goals.
- Khamis Martin – Played one international game for Sudan in 2010.
- South Sudan will play their home matches outside the country due to renovation of Juba Stadium.
- Athir Thomas also appeared in two games for Sudan
- James Moga also won 18 caps and scored 5 goals for Sudan
- Richard Lado also appeared in 39 matches for Sudan, scoring 5 goals
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