South Sudan national football team
|Nickname(s)||Bright Stars |
|Association||South Sudan Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||CECAFA (East & Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Bilal Felix Komoyangi|
|Most caps||Jumma Ginaro (22)|
|Top scorer||James Moga (6)|
|Home stadium||Juba National Stadium|
|Current||153 3 (16 October 2017)|
|Highest||134 (November 2015)|
|Lowest||205 (September 2013)|
|Current||173 (28 May 2017)|
|Highest||132 (July 2012)|
|Lowest||167 (June 2015)|
| 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 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.
Dr. Sally Samuel Lolako was appointed on 25 May 2011 to oversee the national team. 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. However, in the event the opposition was provided by Tusker FC of the Kenyan Premier League, 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. 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 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 for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup|
|1930 to 2010||Part of Sudan|
|2014||Did not enter|
|2018||Did not qualify|
Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|1957 to 2010||Part of Sudan|
|2012||Did not enter|
|2015||Did not qualify|
|1973 to 2010||Part of Sudan|
|2011||Did not enter|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|20 March 2017 2019 AFCONQ||Djibouti||2–0||South Sudan||Djibouti City, Djibouti|
|19:00 EAT||Report||Stadium: El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium
Referee: Zekarias Girma Fega (Ethiopia)
|28 March 2017 2019 AFCONQ||South Sudan||6–0
|Djibouti||Juba, South Sudan|
|16:30 EAT||Report||Stadium: Juba Stadium
Referee: Jean Claude Ishimwe (Rwanda)
|22 April 2017 2018 CHANQ||Somalia||1–2||South Sudan||Djibouti City, Djibouti[note 1]|
||Report||Stadium: El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium
Referee: Mfaume Ali Nassoro (Tanzania
|30 April 2017 2018 CHANQ||South Sudan||2–0
|Somalia||Juba, South Sudan|
|16:30 EAT||Report||Stadium: Juba Stadium
Referee: Brian Miiro (Uganda
|10 June 2017 2019 AFCONQ||Burundi||3–0||South Sudan||Bujumbura, Burundi|
|15:00 CAT||Report||Stadium: Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium
Referee: Kokou Fagla (Togo)
|14 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||South Sudan||0–0||Uganda||Juba, South Sudan|
|16:30 EAT||Report||Stadium: Juba Stadium
Referee: Idris Mehammed Osman (Eritrea)
|22 July 2017 2018 CHANQ||Uganda||5–1
|South Sudan||Kampala, Uganda|
||Stadium: Phillip Omondi Stadium
Referee: Elly Ally Sasii (Tanzania)
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.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Jumma Ginaro (c)||28 February 1988||22||0||Al-Hilal Omdurman|
|GK||David Urbano||1 October 1990||3||0||Al-Hilal|
|DF||David Dada||20 November 1993||18||0||Al-Malakia FC|
|DF||Athir Thomas||7 February 1987||17||1||Al Nahda|
|DF||Zachariah Benasio||2 July 1990||17||0||Al-Merrikh Kosti SC|
|DF||Zachariah Scopas||1 January 1988||3||0||Atlabara|
|DF||Yassir Khamis||15 May 1991||1||0||Kator FC|
|DF||Duach Jock||20 December 1986||6||0||SoCal Surf|
|MF||Dominic Abui||1 January 1991||18||3||Al Khartoum SC|
|MF||Isaac Mattia||1 January 1988||11||0||Sheba Sudan FC|
|MF||Wurube Robert Lopidia||11 November 1994||5||2||Atlabara|
|MF||Peter Dusman||24 January 1994||3||0||Atlabara|
|FW||Khamis Leon||1 January 1987||18||3||Merreikh FC|
|FW||James Moga||14 June 1983||15||6||Kator FC|
|FW||Aluck Akech||8 February 1994||9||0||Al-Shorta FC|
|FW||Atak Lual||1 January 1990||9||3||Al-Ahly Shendi|
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||15 July 1989||3||0||Al-Hilal Juba||v. Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016|
|DF||Kuach Kamon||10 September 1992||?||0||Al-Merrikh Juba||v. Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Chol Bentiu||23 October 1994||3||1||Huria FC||2018 African Nations Championship qualification|
|MF||William Ofiri||1 January 1984||12||0||Rainbow FC||v. Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Fabiano Lako||5 May 1988||5||0||Atlabara||v. Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Lubari Zarambi||1 January 1987||2||0||Al-Malakia||v. Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Samuel Ladu||12 November 1992||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||13 June 1993||4||0||Inter Leizpig||v. Mali, 4 June 2016|
|FW||Sebit Bruno||4 July 1995||10||3||Kator FC||v. Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016|
- DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up. Awer Mabil
- 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).
The following South Sudanese international footballers have also played for Sudan 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 five 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 for Sudan in 2010.
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