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South Sudan Stagnant As FIFA Releases September World Rankings

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

As the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) releases the September 2020, World ranking, the Bright Stars of South Sudan position remains unchanged since December 2019, a place they held for the last 9 or so months.  

The latest classification was released six months after the previous due to the coronavirus pandemic which forced suspension of soccer actions. 

The Bright Stars are currently ranked at position 168 in the World and 47 in Africa as per their last encounter in Khartoum against Burkina Faso where they lost to the stallions by 2-1 in November 2019 in the battle of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) slot, has only 983 points. 

The latest rankings have been released six months after the initial one due to the coronavirus pandemic that saw the majority of football actions suspended before some resumed under strict guidelines.

Fifa came up with a new way of testing, analysing and calculating the rankings that were first implemented in August 2018 after approval by the Fifa Council.

The new model relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the world ranking.

The points which are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that teams higher in the ranking should fare better against teams lower in the ranking

South Sudan is in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Malawi and Uganda in the Afcon qualifiers.

The Bright Stars who are yet to win a game in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers  are bottom of the group with zero points. Uganda and Burkina Faso are on four points each, Malawi are on three points respectively. 

It should be noted that the Bright stars who are currently at camp will be travelling to Yaounde Cameroon in October for a 10 days camping as they look forward to playing a series of friendly games including one with the Cameroon Team A ( Intermediate Team) and League 1 Champions PWD Bamenda. 

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