South Sudan national football team
|Association||South Sudan Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||CECAFA (East & Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Lee Sung-jea|
|Most caps||Jumma Ginaro (10)|
|Top scorer||Richard Justin Lado (2)|
|Home stadium||Juba National Stadium|
|Current||134 10 (5 November 2015)|
|Highest||134 (November 2015)|
|Lowest||205 (September 2013)|
|Current||164 (8 July 2015)|
|Highest||132 (July 2012)|
|Lowest||167 (June 2015)|
| South Sudan 2–2 Uganda
(Juba, South Sudan; 10 July 2012)
| South Sudan 2–0 Djibouti
(Bahir Dar, Ethiopia; 23 November 2015)
| 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, the 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 September 5, 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|
|18 May 2014 2015 Africa Cup of
|Mozambique||5–0||South Sudan||Estádio do Zimpeto, Maputo|
Sonito 45+2', 54'
|Report||Referee: Denis Batte, (UGA)
|30 May 2014 2015 Africa Cup of
|South Sudan||0–0||Mozambique||Khartoum, Sudan|
|17:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Khartoum Stadium
Referee: Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)
|13 June 2015 2017 Africa Cup of
|Mali||2–0||South Sudan||Bamako, Mali|
|19:00 UTC+0||Maïga 18'
|Report||Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
Referee: Joshua Amao (Nigeria)
|5 September 2015 2017 Africa Cup of
|South Sudan||1–0||Equatorial Guinea||Juba, South Sudan|
|Lual 52'||Report||Stadium: Juba Stadium
|8 October 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
|South Sudan||1–1||Mauritania||Juba, South Sudan|
|11:00 UTC+3||Abui 5'||Report (FIFA)
|Bagili 3'||Stadium: Juba Stadium, Juba
Referee: Rajab Bakasambe (Uganda)
|13 October 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
|Mauritania||4–0||South Sudan||Nouakchott, Mauritania|
|17:00 UTC±0||Ahmed 4'
M. Samba 85'
|Stadium: Stade Olympique, Nouakchott
Referee: Fidel Gomes (Guinea-Bissau)
In international football, players can normally only play for one national team once they play in all or part of any match recognised as a full international by FIFA. However, an exception is made in cases where one or more newly independent states are created out of a former state. Based on current FIFA rules, a player will be eligible to play for South Sudan, even if he had previously represented Sudan or any other country, if at least one of the following statements applies:
- He was born in South Sudan.
- At least one of his parents and/or grandparents was born in South Sudan.
- He has lived in South Sudan continuously for a two-year period.
However, when South Sudan gained independence, a majority of the talented South Sudanese players were playing in the Sudanese league, most notably captain Richard Justin Lado, Roy Gulwak and Athir Thomas. Nevertheless, they became eligible to play for South Sudan as soon as most of them moved to the South, while James Moga moved to Pune F.C. in India.
- Malesh Soro (2011–12)[nb 1]
- Zoran Đorđević (2012–13)[nb 2]
- Ismail Balanga (2013–14)[nb 3]
- Salyi Lolaku Samuel (2014)[nb 4]
- Lee Sung-jea (2014-present)
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 three 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.
- South Sudan national football team record- All-time record against other countries.
- Malesh Soro was named as South Sudan's first national team manager, however he never took control of the national team for a game.
- Đorđević was coach of the South Sudan team during the inaugural match versus Uganda and the 2012 CECAFA Cup campaign.
- Balanga was coach of the South Sudan team during the 2013 CECAFA Cup campaign.
- Lolaku Samuel was named as caretaker manager for the friendly game versus Botswana in March 2014.
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