Almiro Lobo of Mozambique/Backpagepix
Thursday May 15, 2014. 13:40
South Sudan will go in search of their first ever win since gaining independence when they clash with Mozambique in the first leg of their first round qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco on Sunday.
The Republic of South Sudan gained their independence from Sudan in 2011. The Bright Star have yet to win a competitive game, losing to Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda in the process.
Head coach Elya Wako will count on local-based talent as South Sudan look to upset ‘Os Mambas’, who are clear favourites to breeze past their African counterparts.
Mozambique last qualified for an African Cup of Nations event back in 2010 when the tournament was staged in Angola.
The Southern Africans finished bottom of their group and have in fact never progressed past the group stages of the continental competition.
It is unsure whether head coach Joao Chissano will be able to call on all of his South African-based players, with the Premier Soccer League only coming to an end this weekend with the Nedbank Cup final.
South Sudan are ranked 52nd in Africa, 20 places below Mozambique in 32nd.