South Sudan to play against Jordan
2021 FIFA Arab Cup
The draw for the Arab Cup 2021 took place on the 27th of April 2021 at Doha Opera House. The FIFA Arab Cup will take place in Qatar this November, with (23) teams participating, under the supervision and organization of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).
The South Sudan team (The Bright Star) was drawn in the third group (Group C), in the event that it wins against their qualifying match against the Jordanian (Al-Nashama). Group C also consists of Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the winner from the Palestine and Comoros qualifying match.
On the other hand, the first group (Group A) includes Qatar, Iraq, the winner of Oman against Somalia qualifying match, and Bahrain against Kuwait match, while the second group (Group B) includes Tunisia, The Emirates, Syria and the winner of qualifying match between Yemen and Mauritania.
Finally, Algeria came to the fourth group (Group D) together with Egypt and the winner from the qualifier match for Lebanon against Djibouti, as well as the winner between Sudan and Libya.
According to the tournament system, nine teams qualified directly for the group stage of the tournament, while (14) teams will enter the qualifying phase, according to their international classification, where South Sudan will meet with the Nashama, and the qualifier crosses directly to Group Three.
South Sudan was represented in the lottery by the President of the General Federation of Football, Mr. Francis Amin, Michael Mujahid Ali, a member of the board of directors, and the coach of the national team, Ashu Cyprian Besong . The organizing committee distributed the participating teams at four levels according to its classification. The first included the host country team, “Qatar”, along with Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, while the second level is Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the Emirates, and the third level was Syria with the qualifier from the meeting of Oman against Somalia, Djibouti against Lebanon, South Sudan against Jordan. The fourth and final level included the finalists from Bahrain’s meetings with Kuwait, Mauritania against Yemen, Palestine against Comoros, and Libya against Sudan.
It is noteworthy that the Arab Cup is witnessing the organization and supervision of FIFA for the very first time in Qatar, as it is an important station that will proceed on hosting the 2022 World Cup in the last quarter of next year.
It is a milestone and an important event for South Sudan to participate in the Arab championship, after the invitation from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).