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Besong Summons 23 Local Based Players To Start Preparations Ahead Of Malawi And Burkina Faso AFCON Qualifiers Games

Ashu Cyprian Besong talking to his players after training on Sunday 1st November 2020

South Sudan national men’s football team head coach Ashu Cyprian Besong has provisionally summoned a total  of 23 locally based players to prepare for the upcoming Total Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) Qualifiers against Malawi and Burkina Faso. 

Peter Maker Manyang clearing the ball from the Malawi opponent

The list which consists of four goalkeepers, Six (6) defenders, Six (6) midfielders and Seven(7) forwards will kick start the preparations at Buluk National Training Center on the 15th February 2021. 

According to the coach he will be basing his selection within the Juba Local League teams due to time constraints, he however said he will be looking forward to seeing how other players from other Local leagues within the country will be tapped and be part of national team preparations and planning. 

Atlabara FC Team pose for group photo before taking on Munuki FC Juba Photo: Bway Isaac

Juba Local Football Association, South Sudan Cup semi finalist Atlabara FC Juba dominated the provisional squad contributing 5 of the 23 players provisionally summoned, with Munuki FC Juba having 4, while Amarat United FC and Al Rabita FC Juba each contributing 3 players to the national team.

Rabita FC Juba players posing for a group photo during a South Sudan Cup.

Meanwhile Malakia FC Juba, Gudele FC Juba, Al Merreikh FC Juba and Al Hilal FC Juba have one player called up into the provisional squad. 

National Team and Amarat United FC captain Peter Maker Manyang who is currently in Nairobi Kenya processing paperwork as he looks for greener pasture abroad will join the team at later stages. Perhaps the surprise exclusion was former Amarat United FC forward Jose Kuch Nyuar, Jose who is also waiting for his move to Eastern Asia in the near future became a free agent at the end of December 2020. 

Pawaar #25, Jose Kuch #10 Wol #22 during an international game in Cameroon

South Sudan which will be facing the Flames of Malawi on March 24, 2021 and Burkina Faso on March 29 2021 respectively in their final Africa Cup of Nations group B qualifying round will need maximum points to guarantee them progress through for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament which will be hosted in Cameroon in 2022.

Malawi Flames players training at Kamuzu Stadium. Photo: FMF

In order to gain more fitness and physical ability, coach Besong has set a camp in Nairobi Kenya starting at the beginning of March 2021. 

Full List of players Summoned

Goalkeeper’s (4) : Ramadan John Mayik Diing (Malakia F.C), Michael Marko Magut (Amarat F.C) Deng Garang (Rabita FC ), Simon Pitia Justine (Kator FC).

Ramadan John Mayik Diing going for the goal Photo: New Vision Of Uganda Media Team

Defenders (6): Dominic Angelo Kornelio (Munuki F.C), Majok Mathiang (Amarat F.C), Rehan Angier (Munuki F.C), Mutawakil Abdelkarim (Atlabara FC) , Hasoon James Martin (Al Rabita FC), Michael Thomas (Rabita F.C)

Munuki FC Midfielder Arkangelo Dominic Aroma defending his opponents

Midfielders (6): Elia Senterlino (Gudele F.C), Samuel Tombe (Al Hilal F.C), Stephen Pawaar (Munuki F.C), Obang Alwang Achulu (Gudele F.C), Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri (Amarat F.C), Daniel Samuel Saloong (Al Merrikh F.C)

Stephen Pawaar Geng dribbling past an Al Rabita FC defender. Photo: Ayoub Alfred

Forwards (7): Obligi Simon (Atlabara F.C), George Augustino (Munuki F.C), Jimmy Micheal (Atlabara F.C), Justen Azom (Rabita F.C), Samuel Odwang (Kator. F.C), Mandela Malish (Atlabara F.C), Mayang Joseph (Atlabara F.C).

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