AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS

Agele, Yassir, Zico, Pawaar Dropped As Besong Summons Bright Star Squad To Face Uganda In A Double Header

The South Sudan National Football Team in a Group Photo in Kamuzu Stadium.

The South Sudan Bright Star head coach Cyprian Besong Ashu has on Wednesday 11th March 2020 released his 27-man provisional squad that will start preparations ahead of thier  Group B 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) back-to-back qualifier ties against Uganda.

Chok Daniel Dau during a League match in  Czech Republic FNL

The Bright Stars will first travel away to Uganda and be hosted on Saturday March 28th at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, before hosting the Uganda Cranes on the  return fixture on Tuesday March 31st 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya at Nyayo National Stadium 

Wani Ivan going past Police FC player in November 2019. Photo: Club Media Team

The squad includes 13 foreign based and 14 locally based players. The Juba based League Local players have been on a non residential training since 17th February 2020 . The technical team had hoped that the team trains in Kenya before heading to Uganda, but the current situation of the Coronavirus scare could bring some changes.

However in the squad notable players like defender Agele Bernad Timothy of Kota Ranger FC, Zico Friday Paul of Armadale SC, Yassir Khemis Celestino Duku of Biashara United FC and Munuki FC forward Pawaar Stephen, are some of the players not summoned by Besong, no reason has been cited why three trio are not part of the team to face Uganda. However it should be noted Agele has not been involved in an active football game since December 2019, and Zico has family problems that he is attending to at the moment. 

Wol Makueth (14) heading a ball during CECAFA U-20 games in 2019.

The Bright Star opened their campaign with a 1-0 away defeat to Malawi before falling 2-1 to Mali in their second game played at the Al Hilal Stadium in Khartoum, Sudan.

Uganda top the Group with 4 points, with one better goal advantage ahead of Burkina Faso who also have the same number of points. Malawi Flames are in third position with 3 points, while South Sudan are yet to get a point.

The best two teams from each group will qualify for the 2021 AFCON to take place in Cameroon.

The provisional squad has Two goalkeepers, Seven Defenders, 7 Midfielders, and Eleven strikers, including Amarat United FC attacker Jose Kuch Nyuar who has so far scored for (4) goals for the national team since making his debut against Burundi in a CHAN Preliminary Qualification round 

The Bright Stars of South Sudan Squad

Goalkeepers: Ramadan John Mayik Ding (Malakia FC, Juba), Majak Maling Mawith (Melbourne City FC, Australia

Defenders: Abdelkarim Mutwakil (Atlabara FC, Juba), Peter Maker Manyang (Amarat United FC, Juba), Rahan Angier (Munuki FC, Juba), John Kual Chol (Kariobangi Sharks FC, Kenya), Peter Deng (Eastern Lions FC, Australia), Mathiang Mathiang (Brunswick City, Australia), Ruon Tongyik (Central Coast Mariners, Australia)

Midfielders: Jackson Morgan Obede (Perth SC, Australia), Elia Senterlino, Dominic Angelo Koronelio  (Munuki FC Juba), Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri (Amarat United FC, Juba), Sebit Ajak (Hi Fallah FC, Sudan), Dominic Abui (Al Khartoum FC Sudan), Koang Thok Kerjok (Al Hilal Kaduguli Sudan), Daniel Chok Dau (FC Vysočina Jihlava, Czech Republic), Jimmy Michael Omar (Atlabara FC Juba),Jose Kuch Nyuar, (Amarat United FC, Juba), Evans Wani Adebo Vita (Busoga United FC, Uganda),

Forwards:, Daniel Warabek Ateng (Bor FC, Bor Town), Makueth Wol Akeen (Mbarara City FC Uganda), Abraham Majok (Central Coast Mariners, Australia), Kenjok Wal Athiu (Melbourne Victory FC, Australia), Mustafa Yagoub (Perth SC, Australia), Denis Daluri (Eastern Lions FC, Australia), Yuel Valentino Kuach (Western United FC, Australia)

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