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South Sudan joins Confederation of African football


February 10, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday said it has been granted provisional membership at Confederation of African Football (CAF), making the new nation the continent’s youngest football nation.

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Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou, left, receives South Sudan’s national flag from its federation president Oliver Benjamin, right, during the CAF General Assembly in Libreville, Gabon, Friday Feb. 10, 2012. (AP)

The country’s ministry of culture, youth and sports, welcomed the offer thanking the CAF leadership for speeding up the new countries provisional membership. The ministry pledged to exert more efforts in developing capacity of the national football association.

Sport is believed to be one of the ways ethnically diverse South Sudan can build a nation identity after it became independent from Sudan in July last year.

Cirino Hiteng Ofuho, the minister of culture, youth and sports, described the admission of his country as “timely” and one of a major achievement for his ministry.

Despite being admitted, Ofuho said South Sudan will not participate in any international competition in the next two years. This was needed to develop the national team and facilitate access to financial assistance from African football’s governing body.

South Sudan’s admission comes just a month after the country’s national body was formed to pave way for first election for leaders of a new South Sudan Football Association in April.

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The new nation also expects full membership of the world’s governing body FIFA by 2014 while CAF plans to offer technical assistance, specifically development of administrators, referees, coaches and sports medicine specialists as well as establishing a national league.

“Our admission to Confederation of African Football is one of the steps [to] joining FIFA. If all go[es] well we will be granted a membership in 2014 after which South Sudan can play in the World Cup and African Nations Cup and enter teams in Africa’s two annual club competitions”, a statement from the ministry says.

South Sudan has already been admitted into the United Nations and African Union and has the option to join the Arab League, as it seceded from a member of the pan Arab body - Sudan.

Enforcement of Arab-Islamic identity on South Sudan - and peripheral areas of North Sudan - was one of the causes that caused the conflict between north and south.

On Sunday Ivory Coast take on underdogs Zambia in the final of the African Nations Cup in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. Sudan made the quarter finals before they were knocked out by Zambia, loosing 3-0.

Sudan are ranked as the world’s 120th best team and Africa’s 30th best. When South Sudan plays it first international in 2014 it will begin as the world’s 207th team and Africa’s 54th.


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  • 11 February 2012 07:14, by omoni jr.

    Good news to Equatorians,because DiNKA-NUER are in war against separation from sudan.
    we are accepted but we are shit because of Dinka,Nuer and murle.

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    • 11 February 2012 07:45, by akid malual

      Mr Ominj or what ever you call your self. Think twice before even challenge your master who always grant you to see yourself as human, Dinka and Nuer . south Sudan definitely should Call Dinkanuer, if you are not shot up and enjoy their blood set you in this nation. Look anya nya your failure struggle of lago equatorial never be success and was seattle by 13012. better Murle of Jongle 99% anya n

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      • 11 February 2012 08:13, by Anynya One

        Hey.. goofy Dinka shitt! Do you know how much Equatorians fought and Vote for Peace in the South Sudan? Equatorians did not vote for you to come and claim the throne and make it your Mother fuckin own property. Respect your idiot ass sick cow..

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    • 11 February 2012 07:56, by dengtaath

      Sudan 120 in the world’s best footballers and ranks 30 in Africa’s continent Footbal best players. Will see u in the continent competions in 2014.

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    • 11 February 2012 10:19, by Lokorong

      Good news for South Sudanese. I was a bit impatient when RoSS would join their African brothers in CAF. Shut up mr. little man, coz Dinka, Nuer, and Murle are majority. some will work on settling thier differences while the others go and bring us home the ’African Cup of nation’. you E’qtns will never do South Sudanese any goods like you did during Anyanya 1.

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  • 11 February 2012 08:39, by Tamongali

    First, congratulation.This news doesn’t require all these rows, because naturally South Sudan is an African country and deserves to be a member by virtue.I don’t know why we are given provisional membership and not permanent one.Why is that Mr. Issa Hyatto (chair person of CAF)

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  • 11 February 2012 13:56, by Son of South SudanKG

    First of all congratulation to our nation ROSS. What we as ROSS must have is a strongly competition. 2014 is too near, 2022 will be the year that ROSS wiil produce the best player of the year. And one day am going to be the head Choach:D.

    Appreciate every step that ROSS has make with a good intention and dont try to bring it backward.


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  • 10 October 2013 10:32, by negruvoda

    I saw a few African football games and I liked what I saw. I would love to attend to such sporting events, but right now I don’t have time. I wish them good luck!

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