Bright Stars’ coach name 23 man squad for Burundi game

Bilal Felix, the coach of the national team, the Bright Stars, has named strong 23 Man-Squad to face Burundi in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Kigali this weekend.

The players who were called to represent South Sudan are; Juma Jinaro (GK), Kennedy Santarlino Samson (GK), Steven Philip (GK), David Alfred, James Leon, James Joseph, Aluk Akech, Mumin Watar, Ater Thomas, Joseph Celestino, Chol Peter, Peter Dusman, John Albino Ajak, Hassan James, Deng Magik, Stephen John Samson, Aguer Joseph, Zakaria Benesio, Wurube Robert, Boki Daniel, Yassir Khamis, Zakaria Scopas, and Jimmy Mandella. Coach Bilal said Dominic Aboi and Atak Lual will not be able to join the rest of the team because of fitness. He said the players raised concern over their fitness therefore, will not be able to make it to Juba. Bilal also confirmed that the other players from outside (Khartoum, Sudan) will arrive today to join the rest of the team.

In an interview with Juba Monitor yesterday, Bilal said the team is facing financial difficulty to provide necessary and essential needs like food, accommodation to the players. He said the players are supposed to be accommodated at one place for easy monitoring. “We are training well but we are facing so many challenges, when the players train, they need a balanced diet to restore their lost energy. We have three things; one is the training, second they need energy and rest. The players need enough rest after training so that they remain fit”. Bilal told Juba Monitor during their 4th training session at Juba Stadium yesterday morning.

He appealed to the public and telecommunications companies such as Zain, MTN and Viva-cell to rescue the national team at such moment of financial crisis. “This big telecommunication companies, Zain, MTN and Vivacell should help us raise some money. It’s not too late; even if they give 10 SSP per a person it will help the team. If we miss to play this game we will be fined and worst of all we will be burned by FIFA. Our talented players will not be able to expose their talents to the outside world,” Bilal added.

Dr. Remo James, the national team doctor said the current players who were called into the team are physically fit.

However Dr. Remo raised a concern over medical kit to help in emergency cases that could erupt during the training and in Burundi when the players travel.

“Since we started training I have been monitoring the health conditions of the players. But so far no player is sick or injured. I’m just asking for more medicines. We need medical kit to provide emergency aid to the plays when they get injured because as we go to Burundi, we don’t know the conditions we will face there.  So we have to prepare for any emergencies,” Dr. Remo said.

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