Bright Stars pitch up camp in Morocco ahead of FCON Qualifier

Bright Stars pitch up camp in Morocco ahead of FCON Qualifier
The Bright Stars are on their way to Morocco for a warm-up friendly match against Sudan. [Photo: Oyiti Sammie]

South Sudan will play at least two build-up matches ahead of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying clash against Gambian.

Bright Stars left Juba on Wednesday for Morocco, where they are set to face off with either neighbours – Sudan or local club in a friendly match today.

The first build up match is schefduled for today, May 28.

They will also play at least one more friendly with a local team before heading to Senegal for their first AFCONQ group stage fixture.

The national team will use the matches as a build-up for June 4 match against Gambian in a 2023 AFCON Qualifier. The clash is scheduled to be played in Senegal.

“The team left this evening and is scheduled to travel directly to Morocco, where they will be expected to play at least one friendly match against either Sudan or a team from Morocco,” Albino Kuek, South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Spokesperson told The City Review.

Bright Stars delegation consists of 26 players, coaching personnel and the media.

“The only thing we ask is for the public and Bright Star fans to rally behind the squad because it is the team that each of us should support and root for,” he continued.

“The team has had good preparation. Now we just need the support from fans.

 “Fans want to see victories and that exactly what the squad is striving for. This time we are hoping for a better performance from our team,” he said.

South Sudan is in Group G of the AFCON2023 qualifiers alongside Mali, Congo and Gambia.

After the Gambia assignment, Bright Stars will then host Mali, away in Uganda, on June 9.