Former Wolves manager takes over Bright Stars

Former Wolves manager takes over Bright Stars
Stefano Cusin, the new Bright Stars Head Coach (photo credit: Alex Bullen/The City Review)

South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) has contracted an Italian coach Stefano Cusin as Bright Stars’ new head coach in a 2-year contract.

This was announced yesterday in a press conference held at SSFA headquarters in Juba.

Mr. Cusin will be the head coach of the South Sudan Men’s National Football Team until 2023.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, SSFA president Gen. Augustino Maduot Parek said the country will be expecting good results from the Bright Stars team. He said the new coach is a very experienced coach with a 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.

He called on everyone in the team to embrace teamwork to achieve the goal of captivating matches, adding that he is very satisfied with the current players adding that he is hopeful to make corrections and give the best for the team.

Cusin also promised to inject ‘an African style of play’ to help the team find an identity on and off the pitch.

Cusin’s profile

According to, Stefano Cusin was born on October 28, 1968, in Montreal, Quebec. He is an Italian football manager and a former player.

He gained international prominence as coach in Europe: France, Italy, Bulgaria, England; in Africa: Cameroon, Congo, and Libya; In Asia: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

He recently served as an assistant manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Football League Championship and coach of Shahr Khodro in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

He speaks Italian, French, and English.

Early managerial career

Cusin had a varied managerial career from the beginning. In France and Italy, he trained a young players’ team for seven years; winning many championships.

Soon after he moved to Cameroon in 2003 after the Cameroonian Football Federation of Africa invited him to organize a workshop for coaches and to train the under-17 and under-20 soccer players.

Cameroon 2003–2006

In 2003, the Cameroonian Football Federation of Africa invited him to organize a workshop for coaches and to train the under-17 and under-20 soccer players, teams.

He believed that in a country known for its big athletic potential, the correct tactical plan could make it more competitive.

He first selected players with high athletic qualities, taught them a variety of technical tactics, and then he worked on their winning positive feelings.

The first experience was a real success and Mr. Henry Njalla Quan the Chairman of The Njalla Quan Sports Academy (Acada Sports) based in Limbé asked him to keep on working as the Technical Director of Cameroon for the following three years, in a joint venture with one of the best clubs in Italy for the youth program, Empoli Football Club.

His team was one of the various National Teams taking part in the different international competitions, Torneo di Viareggio (Italy) – the best tournament in the world for the under 21, in 2004 (Team Cameroon) and 2005 (Acada Sports).

National Team of Congo 2007

In 2007, he signed a two-year contract as the National Technical Director of the National Team of Congo. He was responsible for all the National Teams (under 17 to Olympique Team); in 2007 the Congo Team won the under 20 Africa Cup with coach Hudansky and play the World Cup under 20 in Canada. In March 2008 he left Congo because the Federation was not paying his salary.

Botev Plovdiv – Bulgaria Premier League 2008

In 2008, he moved to Bulgaria to train the Bulgaria Premier League Team, Botev Plovdiv for a 6-month contract.

In January 2012, During the African Cup of Nation 2012, he worked as the “expert of the African Football” for the famous Italian

At the beginning of the competition, he declared that the Zambia national team was the serious outsider for the title; Zambia won the African Champion in February 2012.

At the end of the season, he left the club and moved to England where he worked with Wolves.

On July 30, 2016, the English club announced Mr. Cusin as an Assistant Head Coach to Walter Zenga.

The transfer was possible through Jorge Mendes, the famous football agent. Cusin signs a contract that would bind him to Wolves until June 30, 2017.