The South Sudan U23 coach James Simon Yor has narrowed down his team squad to only 22 players ahead of the group C encounter against Kenya and Djibouti. Their Group C opening match of the 2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup at the Bahir Dar International Stadium on Wednesday, 21st July 2021 will be against Kenya
South Sudan’s team is led by head coach Simon James Yor, Fitness coach Nichola Peter Orat Odor, Christo Ramadan Simon, Charles Sebit Gisai, Goalkeeping Coach, Team Doctor, Luagala Emmanuel Joseph, Team Manager and Deng Malek Duang, Kit Manager as they eye maximum points in the opener to be guaranteed qualification to the semifinals.
The team senior team experience of Amal Atbara forward Aluk Akect Mabior, defender Mutwakil Abdelkarim Abkar of Atlabara FC Juba and U-20 forward Daniel Lual Gumnok who scored a hattrick in 2019 against Burundi in Njeru in their 3-3 draw.
Atlabara FC Juba skipper Mutwakil Abdelkarim Abkar will captain the team and will be assisted by Busoga United FC lanky left winger Wani Ivan Adebo Marcello.
The 30 man contingent including 22 players, 6 technical team, 1 Media Officer and 1 official (Head of Delegation) left Juba for Ethiopia on Friday 16th July 2021. The team has spent 4 days before their first group C encounter against the emerging stars of Kenya.
The 22 players includes 2 goalkeepers, 6 defenders, 8 midfielders and 6 forwards
The South Sudan U-23 Squad
Goal Keepers: Ramadan John Mayik ( Malakia Fc Juba), Emmanuel Florino Abal ( AL Merreikh FC Juba)
Defenders: Dhata Joseph Stephen ( Vipers SC, Uganda ), Debb Julious Moro ( Malakia FC Juba), Rehan Angier Malong (Munuki FC Juba) Omot Sebit David (Amal Atbara FC, Sudan ), Mutwakil Abdelkarim Abkar (Atlabara FC Juba), Samuel Taban Malish (Kator FC Juba).
Midfielders: Stephen Pawar Lony (Munuki FC Juba), William Gama Emmanuel (Malakia FC Juba), Omar Luate Michale (Amarat United FC Juba), Daniel Samule Solong (Merreikh FC Juba), Mandela Malish Stephen (Atlabara FC Juba), Adballad Asad Musa (AFC Leopards, Kenya), Dominic Angelo Kornelio (Munuki FC Juba). Data Elly Christopher ( Kyetume FC, Uganda).
Forwards: Loki Emmanuel Peter ( Solitos Bright Stars FC, Uganda), Daniel Lual Gumnok (Mathare United FC, Kenya), Aluk Akec Mabior (Amal Atbara FC, Sudan), Makueth Wol Akeen (Mbarara City FC, Uganda) Wani Ivan Adebo (Busoga United FC, Uganda),George Augustino Ladu (Munuki FC Juba).
- Head of Delegation: Joseph Deng Maduok
- Head Coach: Simon James Yor
- Goalkeeping coach: Charles Sebit Gisai
- Fitness Coach: Nichola Peter Orat Odor
- Team Manager: Lugala Emmanuel Joseph
- Team Doctor: Chrisot Ramadan Simon
- Kitsman: Deng Malek Duang
- Media Officer: Oyiti Pernyang Daniel