South Sudan has been ranked at 8th in the CECAFA region, 47 in Africa and 169 in the World, a position the country has been holding since December 19th, 2019. The Global Football governing body FIFA released the February rankings on Thursday 20th, 2020 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
In November 2019, the Bright Stars dropped seven places to 169 positions from 162 in FIFA released rankings. The drop was as a result of poor results attained in the 2021 AFCON group qualifiers early in the month of November. The 162 position was secured after the Bright Stars’ 2-1 and 0-1 win against Seychelles both home and away in the AFCON 2019 Preliminary group qualification round.
It should be noted that the Bright Stars lost 1-0 to Malawi in the first game of group B qualifiers and they went on to lose 1-2 against Burkina Faso in Khartoum.
In November 2015, South Sudan had its best ranking of all times when the country was placed at 134. The Bright Stars were ranked 42 in Africa and 134 in the World that year after a series of good performances and results, beating Equatorial Guinea (1-0) on September 5th 2015 in an Africa Cup of Nations Group stages and drawing (1-1) against Mauritania on October 8th 2015.
South Sudan is in group B alongside Uganda, Malawi and Burkina Faso in the 2021 group qualification round, losing all the opening 2 games, with the next engagement for the Bright Stars will be on 23rd March 2020 and 30th March 2020 against Uganda at Namboole and Kharoum respectively.
Coach Ashu Cyprian Besong has started preparations ahead of the Uganda Cranes encounter with 16 locally based players, according to Ashu he will be working on the gym sessions mostly with fitness of the players as a priority.
Uganda is the highest ranked country in the CECAFA region at number one and Seventy Seven (77) in the World, while number fourteen in Africa, Kenya at number two and (107) in the World, Sudan (128), Rwanda (131), Tanzania (134), Ethiopia (146), Burundi (149), South Sudan (169), with Djibouti and Somalia both ranked at 184, and 196 respectively.
Eritrea still remains the lowest ranked country in the region at 205 in the World and 54 in Africa; despite the country successfully making it through into the 2019 CECAFA Senior Men’s Challenge Cup after beating all the odds.