Even after the humiliating 4 – 0 defeat by Mauritania, the national football team coach Sung-jea Lee is confident about his boys good future performance, according an official at the country’s football governing body South Sudan Football Association (SSFA).
The official who didn’t want to be named told Hot in Juba that though the team is faced by financial problems the Korean coach is determined to take South Sudan to 2017 Cup of Nations and even World Cup.
The official blamed the lost on the pitch. He said Juba stadium needs to be upgraded to a world class stadium for Bright Stars to get used to a pitch with artificial grass like in most African stadiums.
Bright Stars hopes to qualify for World Cup were dashed early this month when they were knocked out at the qualifying stage by Mauritania.
The team arrived back in Juba after a long journey home from Mauritania last week. The national team was greeted by a welcoming delegation of fans and government officials, who were supportive of the team, despite a loss in the maiden World Cup qualifying campaign.
The national team will now get to work on rebuilding the national team, with several overseas based players set to be added in upcoming fixtures.
South Sudan’s next Cup of Nations game will be against Benin on 25 March 2016.