Three months after their stupendous performance in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia where they finished at the quarter finals, South Sudan start preparations for their upcoming Group C double header against Benin in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers.
South Sudan’s interim coach Felix Komoyangi has confirmed the team starts non residential training tomorrow.
“We start training tomorrow” he told Kawowo Sports. “We are going to start with the domestic players as we wait for our professional players to join us. They will all be available on Tuesday, March 15 and that’s when we expect to start residential training” he added.
South Sudan joined CAF and FIFA in 2012 after gaining its independence from Sudan a year earlier. The Bright Stars played their first ever international match in their 2-all draw with Uganda in July. The game resulted in FIFA welcoming South Sudan to its family.
After their deserved recognition by FIFA , the newly formed nation amazed the football world when they beat 2013 AFCON hosts Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their Group C game to record their first ever competitive win.
Kamoyangi points out the importance of the upcoming games;
We hope we continue with the same spirit. We know how important these game are, to the players and the entire country. For us, its pride and making history.
He also talked about the fitness levels and physical state of his players ahead of their double header.
“The players are fit and in good shape. We do not have any injuries as yet and hopefully it stays like that”
Despite its low rank (140) in the latest FIFA rankings, South Sudan boasts of players playing football outside Africa.
James Moga, Chol Dhuor Ngor, Zico Paul , Jack Duach are some of its players plying their trade outside the continent. Moga plays for an Indian outfit Pune FC, midfielders Ngor and Duach play for FC International Leipzig and Los Angels Galaxy respectively. Defender Zico Paul plays for Cockburn City.
South Sudan play Benin next at home in their AFCON qualifiers on March 25 before paying them a visit on March 29.
They currently occupy the 2nd position in Group C with 3 points while Mali tops the group.