By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
There is no stopping for Cameroonian trainer Ashu Bessong Cyprian as he continues leading South Sudan’s football to new heights.
The World Football governing body FIFA has informed the South Sudan Football Federation that they are amongst selected nations expected to participate in this year’s FIFA Arab Cup.
“I am very pleased and proud to personally invite your senior men’s national team to participate in the FIFA Arab Cup 2021,” a release sent to the South Sudan Football Federation on February 26 by FIFA read.
South Sudan Football Federation, the newest member association in CAF has clearly manifested their intentions to achieve rapid growth at least going by the decision to hire some top quality trainers especially Ashu Bessong who previously managed the reserves of current Premier League outfit Leicester City.
Reacting to the invitation to news of their invitation, 59-year Ashu who guided South Sudan to a surprised win against Uganda in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers couldn’t hide his emotions.
“This invitation is a big reward to the SSFA and the people of South Sudan for their immeasurable determination to develop football in South Sudan. FIFA has also appreciate our big move, up FIFA ranking within the last 15 months, from 176 to 163” the gaffer explained.
In all honesty, the former Under-20 Lions of Cameroon trainer is exerting a new touch on football in the country. Not only the senior national selection feels the Ashu Bessong effect. Coach Ashu extends his influence to grassroot football, organizing clinics for their coaches and following up aged category selections to ensure talent identification, monitoring and growth becomes a norm.
The gaffer believes the 23 nations event penciled for November-December 2021 could serve as an arena to put their quality on display and he wants more of of such.
“We hope with tournaments like this, we can showcase our young nation to the world, and also a big opportunity for us to learn,” coach Bessong concluded.
The event is expected to be used to show Qatar’s infrastructural development in the sports and also prepare for the upcoming FIFA world cup.
In just over a year in charge, Coach Bessong has done more than a yooman’s job. There are signs if given time and the ample resources he will work wonders with the youngest nation on the continent.