South Sudan national football team

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South Sudan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Bright Stars[1]
AssociationSouth Sudan Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coachIm Heung-Se
CaptainJumma Genaro
Most capsJumma Genaro (23)
Top scorerJames Moga (6)
Home stadiumJuba National Stadium
FIFA codeSSD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current159 Decrease 1 (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest134 (November 2015)
Lowest205 (September 2013)
Elo ranking
Current188 Decrease 5 (18 November 2018)[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)

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.

History[edit]

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 record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to South Africa 2010 Part of  Sudan Part of  Sudan
Brazil 2014 Did not enter Did not enter
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 2 0 1 1 1 5

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Angola 2010 Part of  Sudan
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not enter
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017
Cameroon 2019
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023
Total 0/31

African Nations Championship[edit]

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Part of  Sudan
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014 Did not qualify
Rwanda 2016
Morocco 2018
Ethiopia 2020 To be determined
Total - 0/5 - - - - - -

CECAFA Cup[edit]

CECAFA Cup record
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uganda 1973 to Tanzania 2010 Part of  Sudan
Tanzania 2011 Did not enter
Uganda 2012 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 7
Kenya 2013 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 2 7
Ethiopia 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 1 1 4 0
Kenya 2017 Group stage 9th 3 0 1 2 1 8
Total Quarter-finals 4/39 13 2 2 9 7 22

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jumma Genaro (c) (1988-02-28) 28 February 1988 (age 30) 24 0 Sudan Al-Hilal Omdurman
1GK Khamis Daniel (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 27) 8 0 South Sudan Atlabara
1GK David Urbano (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 28) 3 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal Juba

2DF David Dada (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 24) 18 0 South Sudan Al-Malakia FC
2DF Athir Thomas (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 31) 17 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nahda
2DF Zachariah Benasio (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 28) 17 0 Sudan Al-Merrikh Kosti SC
2DF Zachariah Scopas (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 30) 3 0 South Sudan Atlabara
2DF Yassir Khamis (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 27) 1 0 South Sudan Kator FC
2DF Duach Jock (1986-12-20) 20 December 1986 (age 31) 6 0 India Chennai City

3MF Dominic Abui Pretino (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 27) 18 3 Sudan Al Khartoum SC
3MF Isaac Mattia (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 30) 11 0 Sudan Sheba Sudan FC
3MF Wurube Robert Lopidia (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24) 5 2 South Sudan Atlabara
3MF Peter Dusman (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 24) 3 0 South Sudan Atlabara

4FW Leon Uso Khamis (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 31) 18 3 South Sudan Merreikh FC
4FW James Moga (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 35) 15 6 South Sudan Kator FC
4FW Aluck Akech (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 24) 9 0 Sudan Al-Shorta FC
4FW Atak Lual (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 28) 13 3 Sudan Al-Ahly Shendi

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 (1989-07-15) 15 July 1989 (age 29) 3 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal Juba v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
DF Kuach Kamon (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26) ? 0 South Sudan Al-Merrikh Juba v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
DF Peter Deng (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Australia Moreland Zebras v.  Benin, 27 March 2016

MF Chol Bentiu (1994-10-23) 23 October 1994 (age 24) 3 1 South Sudan Huria FC 2018 African Nations Championship qualification
MF William Ofiri (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 34) 12 0 South Sudan Rainbow FC v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Fabiano Lako (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 30) 5 0 South Sudan Atlabara v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Lubari Zarambi (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 31) 2 0 South Sudan Al-Malakia v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Samuel Ladu (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal Juba v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Achuil Tito Akol 0 0 South Sudan Kator FC v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Dhuors Ngor Chol (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Germany Inter Leizpig v.  Mali, 4 June 2016

FW Sebit Bruno (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 23) 10 3 South Sudan Kator FC v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
FW Kenny Athiu (1992-05-08) 8 May 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Australia Melbourne Victory training camp, 18 April 2018
Notes
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • 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).

Coaches[edit]

Dates Name
2011–2012 South Sudan Malesh Soro
2012–2013 Serbia Zoran Đorđević
2013–2014 South Sudan Ismail Balanga
2014 South Sudan Salyi Lolaku Samuel
2014–2015 South Korea Lee Sung-jea
2015–2016 Uganda Leo Adraa
2016 South Sudan Joseph Malesh
2017 South Sudan Elya Wako
2017–2018 South Sudan Bilal Felix Komoyangi
2018 Algeria Ahcene Aït-Abdelmalek

Dual-internationals[edit]

The following South Sudanese international footballers have also played for Sudan before the country's independence:

Record[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

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

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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  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.
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  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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