South Sudan national football team
|Association||South Sudan Football Association|
|Sub-confederation||CECAFA (East & Central Africa)|
|Head coach||Cyprian Besong Ashu|
|Most caps||Jumma Genaro (28)|
|Top scorer||James Moga (6)|
|Home stadium||Juba National Stadium|
|Current||169 (20 February 2020)|
|Highest||134 (November 2015)|
|Lowest||205 (September 2013)|
|Current||184 4 (20 February 2020)|
|Lowest||188 (November 2018)|
| 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)
Zoran Đorđević (football manager) was appointed on 25 May 2011 to oversee the national team. For their inaugural year the team was featured in Storyville (TV series) called Zoran and His African Tigers. 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 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 The 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.
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 2019||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
African Nations Championship
|African Nations Championship record|
|2009||Part of Sudan|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
|CECAFA Cup record|
|1973 to 2010||Part of Sudan|
|2011||Did not enter|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|9 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||South Sudan||0–3||Mali||Juba, South Sudan|
|16:00 EAT||Report||Marega 45'
S. Coulibaly 71'
|Stadium: Juba Stadium|
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|12 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Gabon||3–0||South Sudan||Libreville, Gabon|
|16:00 WAT||Bouanga 28'
James 88' (o.g.)
|Report||Stadium: Stade d'Angondjé|
Referee: Alhadi Mahamat (Chad)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||South Sudan||0–1||Gabon||Juba, South Sudan|
|16:00 EAT||Report||Poko 48'||Stadium: Juba Stadium|
Referee: Mohamed Ali Moussa (Niger)
|16 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||South Sudan||2–5||Burundi||Juba, South Sudan|
|16:00 EAT||Lual 12'
Abdul Razak 70', 89', 90'
|Stadium: Juba Stadium|
Referee: Souleiman Ahmed Djamal (Djibouti)
|23 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Mali||3–0||South Sudan||Bamako, Mali|
|19:00 GMT||S. Coulibaly 18'
|Report||Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars|
Referee: Alex Muhabi (Uganda)
|4 September 2019 2022 WCQ||South Sudan||1–1||Equatorial Guinea||Omdurman, Sudan [note 1]|
|16:00 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)||
||Stadium: Al-Hilal Stadium|
Referee: Abdulwahid Huraywidah (Libya)
|9 September 2019 2022 WCQ||Equatorial Guinea||1–0|
|South Sudan||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
||Report (FIFA)||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo,|
Referee: Mahmood Ali Ismail (Sudan)
|9 October 2019 2021 AFCONQ||South Sudan||2–1||Seychelles||Omdurman, Sudan [note 2]|
||Stadium: Al-Merrikh Stadium|
Referee: Emmanuel Mwandembwa (Tanzania)
|13 October 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Seychelles||0–1|
|South Sudan||Victoria, Seychelles|
||Stadium: Stade Linité|
Referee: Mohamed Athoumani (Comoros)
|13 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Malawi||1–0||South Sudan||Blantyre, Malawi|
||Stadium: Kamuzu Stadium|
|17 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||South Sudan||1–2||Burkina Faso||Khartoum, Sudan|
||Stadium: Khartoum Stadium|
Head-to-head records against other countries
- As of 8 January 2020
|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||13 March 2000||0||0||Rapta|
|18||GK||Khamis Daniel Dak||8 January 1986||8||0||Atlabara|
|23||GK||Majak Mawith||19 September 1999||4||0||Port Melbourne|
|2||DF||Peter Deng||12 January 1993||4||0||Heidelberg United|
|3||DF||Hassan James Martin||28 August 1997||6||0||Merreikh Aweil|
|4||DF||Peter Maker Manyang (C)||1 January 1994||5||0||Amarat United|
|6||DF||Mathiang Mathiang||19 September 1994||2||0||Brunswick City|
|8||DF||Dominic Angelo Kornelis||2||0||Munuki|
|22||DF||Santino Deng Deng|
|24||DF||Friday Zico||1 November 1994||4||0||Armadale SC|
|5||MF||Mutwakil Abdulkarim||4 August 1992||3||0||Atlabara|
|7||MF||Peter Timothy Dusman||24 January 1994||7||0||SC Villa|
|12||MF||Jose Kutch Nyuar||24 September 1998||6||3||Amarat United|
|14||MF||Koang Thok Kerjok||27 July 1993||5||1||Al-Hilal Kadougli|
|16||MF||Jackson Morgan||18 August 1998||2||0||Stirling Lions|
|17||MF||Peter Chol||23 October 1994||16||1||Kator|
|21||MF||Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri||2||0||Amarat United|
|19||FW||David Majak||10 October 2000||1||0||Tusker|
|10||FW||Leon Uso Khamis||1 January 1987||24||3||Atlabara|
|18||FW||Dominic Abui Pretino||1 January 1991||25||4||Al Khartoum SC|
|15||FW||Jimmy Michael Omer||3||0||Atlabara|
|20||FW||Denis Yongule||3 June 1998||2||0||Geelong SC|
|9||FW||Kenny Athiu||5 August 1992||4||0||Melbourne Victory|
|11||FW||Yagoub Mustafa||7 May 1998||2||0||Stirling Lions|
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 game for Sudan in 2010.
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