South Sudan

Besong To Focus On Fitness For Locally Based Players Ahead Of Uganda Double Header

Coach Besong while in Khartoum with the National Team in 2019 Photo: SSFA.

The South Sudan National Football team head coach Ashu Cyprian Besong has confirmed to Kurrasport that his most focus on the locally based player will be on fitness and gym sessions. 

“The players are not really fit enough if you give them international teams, then some won’t play for the entire minutes of the game which is not good”, says Besong. He further said the other way of improving players fitness is by having friendly matches, which was cut short due to the rescheduling of the fixtures, he also said the Country has no resources yet, these players of the clubs within Juba have not gone or are not going through the full time training sessions, Like gyming, swimming, etc trainings. 

Coach Besong summoned 16 locally based players to kick start the planning and preparations ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations group B double encounter against Uganda on the 23rd and 31st March 2020 respectively. 

The 16 players who are summoned on the 17th February 2020 are currently in a non residential training at Dr Biar Complex in Juba. 

Some of the players who were called up include Munuki Football Club players, forward Stephen Pawaar, holding midfielder Dominic Arkangelo and Center back Rahan Angier. 

Other players summoned to the provisional list includes Midfielders Daniel Luis Akuar of Gudele FC, Rabita FC duo of Opity Alwang Achuiel and, Elia Senterlino, Samuel Tombe of Al Hilal FC and forward Jimmy Michael Omer of Atlabara FC. 

Under 23 goalkeeper Ramadan John Mayiik is the only player from Malakia FC to have made into the list, with Atlabara defender Mutwakil Abdelkarim, Kator FCs’ Agut Madet and Emmanuel Peter of Al Hilal FC being some of the defenders summoned. 

South Sudan who are currently bottom of group B will face Uganda in Namboole on 23rd March 2020, with the return leg schedule for 31st March 2020 in Khartoum Sudan. 

The Bright Stars are yet to pick points from the qualifiers group after losing all the starting two matches against Malawi Flames 1-0 away and 2-1 to visiting Burkina Faso. Uganda tops the table tied with Burkina Faso on four points, but goal difference separates the two.

Goal Keepers

Ramadan John Mayiik (Malakia FC Juba) 

Michael Marko (Amarat United FC  Juba) 


Peter Maker Manyanga (Amarat United FC Juba) 

Emmanuel Peter (Al Hilal FC Juba) 

Mutwakil Abdelkarim (Atlabara FC Juba)

Agut Madet (Kator FC Juba)

Rahan Angier (Munuki FC Juba)


Daniel Luis Akuar  (Gudele FC Juba)

Opity Alwang Achuiel (Rabita FC Juba)

Elia Senterlino  (Rabita FC Juba)

Samuel Tombe (Al Hilal FC Juba) 

Pawaar Stephen (Munuki FC Juba) 

Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri (Amarat United FC Juba)

Dominic Arkangelo (Munuki FC Juba)


Jimmy Michael Omer (Atlabara FC Juab)

Jose Kuch Nyuar (Amarat United FC Juba)

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