Coach Cyprian Ashu Bessong, South Sudan’s Missing Piece Of Jigsaw


By Dean Mongo Eyieh

The winds of change have picked up sooner than later for the national football team of South Sudan.

Their ascension to levels never reached before are justifications that new coach Cyprian Bessong Ashu has been a shrewd investment and even the blind can attest that the team is a work in progress

Starved of continental glory, the 49 year old soccer tactician has made an immediate impact since replacing Ramsey Sebik in the dugout in July.

Not only has he created a winning aura, the project has blossomed and burgeoned and coach Bessong Ashu knows it will be incomplete if the Bright Stars do not erase the painful memories of having never qualified for a major tournament.

Inspired by the ghost of his past glories the former Fortuna Duseldorf player’s keen interest is to shake off that Africa Cup shaped millstone from around the team’s neck.

The growing reputation of some of the smaller teams on the continent have inspired confidence building and the ambitious gaffer remains convinced the race to secure a ticket to the 2021 AFCON is a marathon and not a sprint.

There is a new wave of hope going into this month 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,AFCON, qualifying match against Malawi.

The Bright Stars principal weapon has been their collective strength and a quality performance on Match week one against the Flames of Malawi will paint a picture of the current state of affairs

After many years in the soccer wilderness, South Sudan under Coach Cyprian Ashu Bessong now have a fighting chance going into 2021 AFCON qualifiers and there is a sense of positive optimism going forward.

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