South Sudan on road to football recognition

South Sudan will be proposed as a member of the Confederation of

African Football on Friday as it begins the process to become world

football’s newest nation.

CAF says the state’s newly formed football federation will be

considered for membership at its General Assembly in Libreville,


South Sudan gained independence in July last year, and the South

Sudan Football Association is seeking similar recognition from CAF

and, eventually, world body FIFA.

South Sudan’s national team played games against club teams from

Kenya and Uganda last year to celebrate the country’s independence

but is yet to play a full international.

It needs to become a member of CAF and FIFA before it can try to

qualify for the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup.