South Sudan head coach Ashu Cyprian Besong has made a last minute change to his squad as recovered Tito Okello Odong steps up to replace Aluk Akech Mabior due to a fever the stiker developed just a day after the announcement of the 23 man squad.
The Gor Mahia FC, Kenya forward initially dropped from the squad to be traveling to face Jordan in the preliminary round of the FIFA Arab Cup, as signs were he was not going to recover on time to be among the travelling 39 men contingent.
“We are withdrawing Aluk from the squad due to a fever he experienced in the last 12 hours, we took him for some check up but was found to have Malaria non reactive, however the doctors have recommended him some drugs as our team doctors also monitors his progress” says one of the team officials.
Okello, who plays for Kenya Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC “Kagalo” netted the only goal when the Bright Star beat Uganda 1-0 in the group B Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier last year in Kenya at Nyayo National Stadium.
The forward was in the initial list of players dropped including Lual Daniel Gumnok, (Mathare United FC), Wani Ivan Marcello (Busoga United FC, Uganda, Jackson Morgan Obede (Perth SC, Australia) and goalkeeper Mawien Khon Arop, Ghazala United, Kuajok South Sudan, Agot Garang Ngor, Bul James Anyang both from Koryom FC, Bor South Sudan.
The Bright Star will face Jordan on Monday June 21st, 2021 at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar in the FIFA Arab Cup one leg preliminary round with the winner joining teams in group E.
This is South Sudan’s final squad after the last minute changes.
Goalkeepers; Majak Mawith (1) Port Melbourne SC Australia , Ramadan John (23) Malakia FC Juba South Sudan, Khamis Daniel (13), Atlabara FC Juba, South Sudan
Defenders: Dhata Joseph Stephen (12) Vipers Sports Club Uganda ,Peter Maker Manyang (4) Munuki FC Juba, South Sudan, Toha Rashid (3) Vipers Sports Club Uganda, Mutwakil Abdelkarim (2) Atlabara FC Juba, South Sudan, Omot Sebit (17) Amal Atbara, Sudan, Rehan Angier (10) Munuki FC Juba.
Midfielders: Musa Asad (5) AFC Leopards, Kenya, Stephen Pawar Geng (21) Munuki FC Juba, South Sudan, Gibson Wande Adinho (8), Onduparaka FC, Uganda, Abraham Riel Majok (18) , PEEK FC , Cyprus, Peter Anthony (14), Kator FC Juba, South Sudan, Emmanuel Thomas Lumeri (16), Munuki FC Juba South Sudan, Mandela Malish (18), Atlabara FC Juba South Sudan, Dominic Angelo Korelino, Munuki FC Juba, South Sudan, Chok Danuel Dau, FC Vysočina Jihlava, Czech Republic.
Forwards: Kur Gai Kur (20) Adelaide City FC, Australia, Makueth Wol (22) Mbarara City FC, Uganda , Valentino Kudon Yuel (9) Newcastle Jets FC, Australia, Tito Okello Odong (19),Gor Mahia FC Kenya, John Albino (11), Kator FC Juba, South Sudan.
Ashu Cyprian Besong [Head Coach]
James Ezekiel Ismail Milla [ Assistant Head Coach ]
Narcisse Tinkeu Nguimgou [ Fitness Coach]
Shakir Selim [ Goalkeeping Coach ]
Kwacakwan Theban Ajalong Nyakwan [Team Dr]
Rafael Dominic [Team Dr.]
Juma Jenaro Akono Yuma [Kit Manger]
Emad Abbas [ Head Of Delegation ]
Daniel Gabriel [ Media Officer ]