The Future of Bright Stars is Bright, Coach Simon

Simon James Yor, head coach South Sudan U-23 team addressing the press in a post-match interview in Tunisia on Sunday March 23, 2019 (Photo: Courtesy of SSFA)

South Sudan U-23 team while in Tunisia on Sunday March 23, 2019

(Photo: Courtesy of SSFA)

By David Mono Danga

The head coach of South Sudan’s U-23 team, Simon James Yor is optimistic about the national team’s junior squad.

Upon return from Tunisia where they the Junior Bright Stars put up nationalistic spirited fight despite 1-0 defeat, Coach Simon asked the South Sudan Football Association to keep an eye on the boys as they will be the future of this country.

“There is a bright future for South Sudan football if the junior team is kept together,” Coach Yor said upon return from Tunis.

“This team has proved that we have the potential to get better. We eliminated Uganda and lost to Tunisia by a small margin,” he added.

Francis Amin Michael, the President of SSFA said they will promote the junior players to the senior team to strengthen the squad ahead of the next nation’s cup finals qualifiers.

“We shall actually push some of these U-23 players to the senior team because they have showed that they can compete,” President Amin said.

The U-23 team received a warm welcome at Juba International Airport upon returned home on Tuesday afternoon despite being knocked out of the 2019 Afocn U-23 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic games qualifications.

The SSFA President and other government staff were among the officials and members of the public who cheered the team at the airport on Tuesday.

South Sudan U-23 team resurrected and rekindled hopes in the struggle to unite the country after five years civil war left the nation divided on various factors.

Since beating Uganda 2-1 on aggregate last year and drawing 0-0 with the much experienced Tunisian team in Juba last week, the junior Bright Stars restored love and tranquility among South Sudanese citizens despite being knocked out in the return leg at the Ben Gardane Stadium last weekend in Tunis, Tunisia.

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