South Sudan national football team

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South Sudan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bright Star [1]
Association South Sudan Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation CECAFA (East & Central Africa)
Head coach Elya Wako
Captain Jumma Ginaro
Most caps Jumma Ginaro (20)
Top scorer James Moga (5)
Home stadium Juba National Stadium
FIFA code SSD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 154 Increase 13 (6 April 2017)
Highest 134 (November 2015)
Lowest 205 (September 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 172 (26 March 2017)
Highest 132 (July 2012)
Lowest 167 (June 2015)
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.[2] 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.[3][4] However, in the event the opposition was provided by Tusker FC of the Kenyan Premier League,[5] 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.[6] South Sudan was officially admitted as a CAF member on 10 February 2012, at the 34th CAF Ordinary General Assembly hosted in Libreville, Gabon.[7] 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.[8][9]

On 10 July 2012, South Sudan competed in its first full international match, a friendly against Uganda in Juba.[10] 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.[10]

The South Sudanese took part in their first ever international football tournament when they took part in the 2012 CECAFA Cup in Uganda.[11][12] They were drawn in Group A alongside Ethiopia, Kenya, and hosts Uganda.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 2010 Part of  Sudan
Brazil 2014 Did not enter
Russia 2018 Did not qualify
Qatar 2022 TBD
Total 0/20

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1957 to 2010 Part of  Sudan
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Did not enter
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017
Total 0/29

CECAFA Cup[edit]

CECAFA Cup
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1973 to 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 Quarterfinals 7th 4 2 1 1 4 0
Total Group Stage 3/38 10 2 1 7 6 14

All Results[edit]

Official – 25 matches played:
5 Wins, 4 Draws, 17 Losses

Unofficial/All matches – 27 matches played:
5 Wins, 5 Draws, 18 Losses

 South Sudan national football team match results
     Win       Draw       Defeat
M Opponent Date Result Event
1 Kenya Tusker F.C. 7/10/2011 1–3 South Sudan Friendly (Unofficial)1
2 Uganda SC Villa 8/3/2011 1–1 South Sudan Friendly (Unofficial)1
3  Uganda 7/10/2012 2–2 South Sudan Friendly
4  Ethiopia 11/24/2012 0–1 Uganda 2012 CECAFA Cup GS
5  Kenya 11/27/2012 0–2 Uganda 2012 CECAFA Cup GS
6  Uganda 11/30/2012 0–4 Uganda 2012 CECAFA Cup GS
7  Zanzibar 11/27/2013 1–2 Kenya 2013 CECAFA Cup GS
8  Kenya 11/30/2013 1–3 Kenya 2013 CECAFA Cup GS
9  Ethiopia 11/27/2013 0–2 Kenya 2013 CECAFA Cup GS
10  Botswana 3/5/2014 0–3 Botswana Friendly
11  Mozambique 5/18/2014 0–5 Mozambique 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
12  Mozambique 5/30/2014 0–0 Sudan 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
13  Kenya 6/7/2015 0–2 Rwanda Friendly
14  Mali 6/13/2015 0–2 Mali 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
15  Equatorial Guinea 9/5/2015 1–0 South Sudan 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
16  Mauritania 10/8/2015 1–1 South Sudan 2018 FIFA World Cup qual.
17  Mauritania 10/13/2015 0–4 South Sudan 2018 FIFA World Cup qual.
18  Djibouti 11/23/2015 2–0 Ethiopia 2015 CECAFA Cup GS
19  Sudan 11/25/2015 0–0 Ethiopia 2015 CECAFA Cup GS
20  Malawi 11/27/2015 2–0 Ethiopia 2015 CECAFA Cup GS
21  Sudan 12/1/2015 0–0 (3–5 pen.) Ethiopia 2015 CECAFA Cup QF
22  Benin 3/23/2016 1–2 South Sudan 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
23  Benin 3/27/2016 1–4 Benin 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
24  Mali 6/3/2016 0–3 South Sudan 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qual.
25  Equatorial Guinea 9/4/2016 0–4 Equatorial Guinea 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qual.

1These matches are unofficial, and thus are not counted in the all-time record table below.

GS=Group Stage, R16=Round of 16, QF=Quarterfinals, SF=Semifinals, 3PG=Third Place Game

All-Time Results vs Opponents[edit]

Opponent (Confederation) Matches Played Wins-Draws-Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Last Meeting
 Benin (CAF) 2 0–0–2 2 6 −4 3/27/2016
 Botswana (CAF) 1 0–0–1 0 3 −3 3/5/2014
 Djibouti (CAF) 2 2–0–0 8 0 +8 03/28/2017
 Equatorial Guinea (CAF) 2 1–0–1 1 4 −3 9/4/2016
 Ethiopia (CAF) 2 0–0–2 0 3 −3 11/27/2013
 Kenya (CAF) 3 0–0–3 1 7 −6 6/7/2015
 Malawi (CAF) 1 1–0–0 2 0 +2 11/27/2015
 Mali (CAF) 2 0–0–2 0 5 −5 6/3/2016
 Mauritania (CAF) 2 0–1–1 1 5 −4 10/13/2015
 Mozambique (CAF) 2 0–1–1 0 5 −5 5/30/2014
 Sudan (CAF) 2 0–1–11 0 0 0 12/1/2015
 Uganda (CAF) 2 0–1–1 2 6 −4 11/30/2012
 Zanzibar (CAF) 1 0–0–1 1 2 −1 11/27/2013
TOTAL 23 3–4–16 14 50  –36 9/4/2016

1The one loss to Sudan was in a penalty shootout, Sudan won 5–3 on penalties after a 0–0 result after 120 minutes.

All-Time Results vs Confederations[edit]

Confederation Matches Played Wins-Draws-Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Last Meeting
CAF 23 3–4–16 14 50 −36 9/4/2016
TOTAL 23 3–4–16 14 50 -36 9/4/2016

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Djibouti on 22 March 2017, and on 28 March 2017. [16]
Caps and goals updated as of 28 March 2017 after the game against Djibouti.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jumma Ginaro (c) (1988-02-28) 28 February 1988 (age 29) 21 0 Sudan Al-Hilal Omdurman
18 1GK David Alfred (1990-10-01) 1 October 1990 (age 26) 3 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal

6 2DF Zacharia Benasio (1990-07-02) 2 July 1990 (age 26) 16 0 Sudan Al-Merrikh
17 2DF Athir Thomas (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 30) 16 1 Sudan Al-Hilal Omdurman
3 2DF David Dada (1993-11-20) 20 November 1993 (age 23) 15 0 South Sudan Al-Malakia
5 2DF Magak Deng (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 25) 5 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal
2 2DF Zacharia Scopas (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 29) 1 0 South Sudan Atlabara
19 2DF Yassir Khamis (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 25) 0 0 South Sudan Kator FC

11 3MF Dominic Abui Pretino (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 26) 18 3 Sudan Al Khartoum SC
13 3MF Isaac Mattia (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 29) 11 0 South Sudan Kator FC
4 3MF Aguer Garang (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 22) 6 0 South Sudan Atlabara
7 3MF Peter Dusman (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 23) 2 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal
8 3MF Duku Wurube (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 22) 2 0 South Sudan Atlabara
14 3MF Kerjok Koang (1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Free agent
9 3MF Tong Kong 1 0 Sudan Hilal Kadougli

12 4FW Khamis Leon (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 30) 15 1 South Sudan Atlabara
10 4FW James Moga (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 33) 15 5 South Sudan Kator FC
16 4FW Aluck Akech (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 23) 8 0 Sudan Al-Merrikh
9 4FW Atak Lual (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 27) 7 1 Sudan Al-Ahly Shendi
15 4FW Stephen Pawaar (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Oman Al-Amarat

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 27) 3 0 South Sudan Al-Hilal Juba v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
DF Kuach Kamon (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 24) ? 0 South Sudan Al-Merrikh Juba v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
DF Timateo Agele (1992-12-04) 4 December 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Uganda The Saints Mukono v.  Mali, 4 June 2016
DF Duach Jock (1986-12-20) 20 December 1986 (age 30) 6 0 United States North County Battalion v.  Mali, 4 June 2016

MF William Ofiri (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 33) 12 0 South Sudan Rainbow FC v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Fabiano Lako (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 28) 5 0 South Sudan Atlabara v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Lubari Zarambi (1987-01-01) 1 January 1987 (age 30) 2 0 South Sudan Al-Malakia v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
MF Samuel Ladu (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 24) 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 Dhuor Chol (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 24) 4 0 Germany Inter Leipzig v.  Mali, 4 June 2016
MF Taban Makoi (1998-12-17) 17 December 1998 (age 18) 0 0 Australia Bayswater City v.  Mali, 4 June 2016

FW Sebit Bruno (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 21) 10 3 South Sudan Kator FC v.  Equatorial Guinea, 4 September 2016
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • DEC Player has refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.

Results and fixtures[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Dual-Internationals[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Malesh Soro was named as South Sudan's first national team manager, however he never took control of the national team for a game.
  2. ^ Đorđević was coach of the South Sudan team during the inaugural match versus Uganda and the 2012 CECAFA Cup campaign.
  3. ^ Balanga was coach of the South Sudan team during the 2013 CECAFA Cup campaign.
  4. ^ Lolaku Samuel was named as caretaker manager for the friendly game versus Botswana in March 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Storyville 2014 Soccer Coach Zoran and his African Tigers". 18 December 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Kayanga, John (25 May 2011). "Constitution, Budget for National soccer team remains unfinished". Juba Post. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Martell, Peter (6 July 2011). "World's Newest Nation Set to Step Into Sporting Arena". Jakarta Globe. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Rice, Xan (10 July 2011). "South Sudan marks statehood with football match". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Independent South Sudan play first football match". Kickoff.com. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  7. ^ South Sudan admitted as a member of CAF, SuperSport.com, Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ Mensah, Kent (27 May 2012). "South Sudan become Fifa's 209th member". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "South Sudan enter FIFA rankings". Reuters. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  11. ^ South Sudan set for international debuts at Cecafa cups BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2012
  12. ^ World newest state set for CECAFA début Futaa.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012
  13. ^ Ethiopia get tough draw for 2012 Cecafa Challenge Cup BBC. Retrieved 12 November 2012
  14. ^ "Eritrea withdraws from Nations Cup Qualification". Reuters.com. 30 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Eritrea withdraws from Can 2015". Cafonline.com. 30 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "South Sudan name Afcon squad". supersport.com. 
  17. ^ Kayanga, John (26 May 2011). "Malesh to take charge of National team". Juba Post. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

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