Bright Stars in last-minute preparation for Morocco match

Bright Stars in last-minute preparation for Morocco match
Stefano Cusin, the new Bright Stars Head Coach (photo credit: Alex Bullen/The City Review)

South Sudan men’s national team is putting last-minute preparation touches to take on Morocco in the friendly match tomorrow.

The South Sudan Football Association revealed the team was preparing for yet another game to help in building confidence.

‘‘The South Sudan Bright Stars this morning had [their] last training ahead of tomorrow’s encounter with Morocco in an International Friendly. The team played Sierra Leone on 6th October 202, a competitive match that had the two teams sharing the points,’’ the SSFA stated in a tweet.

On Wednesday, the association also noted on its Twitter page that the boys were looking sharp and adjusting after they recorded a 1-1 draw against Sierra Leone.

The association stated: ‘‘The weather looks not so good this morning, but it’s perfect for the boys to have their recovery training from a 1:1 draw against Sierra Leone yesterday. The team is preparing to face Morocco on the 9th of October 2021. The team is Morocco to play Intl’ Friendlies’’.

The team flew to the Moroccan capital, Rabat, over the weekend to play Sierra Leone, Morocco, and Malawi.

The South Sudan Football Associations Deputy Secretary-General Joseph Archangelo Apai revealed that despite the arrival of the new Italian coach, who should take charge at the dugout, the team would be coached by the outgoing interim coach Simon Yor for the three fixtures.

“The delegation consists of 28 members, including players and officials from SSFA and the new coach. But Coach Simon Yor will be the one standing the coaching line; the new coach will only be there to supervise and give advice,” Apai told The City Review on Monday.

“We wish them a good journey, we hope they continue to shine, and their performance keeps changing better and better,” he went on to add.

New coach

The senior team is on a transition to the hands of new Italian coach Stefano Cusin who penned a two-year contract at the end of last month.

Addressing the media during Mr. Cusin’s unveiling, SSFA President Gen. Augustino Maduot Parek, said the country would be expecting good results from the Bright Stars given the level of experience the new coach has and the rich managerial background.

“We have reached an agreement with Mr. Cusin after several engagements with other coaches. He emerged to be the finest candidate for the job. I trust him and as SSFA we believe this is the right step for the development of the players’ skills to bring glories to the team,” Mr. Maduot said.

Mr. Cusin thanked the SSFA and promised to make a mark by steering the team to glory.

“I am happy to take the new role as the Head Coach of the youngest country in the continent, with a lot of young players who have a lot of potentials. I am not new in the field, I will provide all my experience to make sure that the team competes at the top level in the continent and [in] international competitions,” he promised.

Meanwhile, Gen Maduot traveled to Morocco on Thursday evening to meet the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation for “mutual discussions regarding development of football in both countries’’.