Contributed by Nkafu Gabriel
The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) has appointed Cameroonian born Ashu Cyprian Besong as the new coach of the south Sudan National Football team – The Bright Stars.
Besong who is 49 and hails from the South West region of Cameroon replaces caretaker coach Ramzi Sebit who took over charge of the Bright Stars in three matches and eventually lost all.
The coaching position has been vacant since September 2018 after Algerian born Ahcene Ait-Abdelmalek resigned just seven months after his appointment.
Coach Besong’s immediate task is to prepare locally based players ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN Cameroon 2020) qualifying match against Burundi later this month. Based on the contract signed with SSFA, he is expected to manage the team for the next two years.
A lot is expected from the new coach as South Sudan is still underrated when it comes to African and Global football. They are presently ranked 48th on the continent, 168th globally and failed to qualify for the ongoing AFCON 2019 in Egypt, losing all qualifier games to Burundi, Mali and Gabon in group C.
South Sudan’s new coach, Ashu Cyprian Besong began his career as coach with PWD Bamenda in 1984. After spending a year with PWD, he moved on to handle other major teams at home and abroad including Aigle Nkongsamba, Colombe Sangmelima, Unisport de Bafang, FC.Dusseldorf, Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Viersen and AS Inter Star. Mirbat SC. He also served as head coach of the Under-20 Indomitable lions of Cameroon before his appointment as head coach of the South Sudan National Football team this July.