Ashu Besong Cyprain, former PWD of Bamenda player in the 1984/1985 season has finally appointed head coach of South Sudan on July 5th, and handed the tough task of masterminding South Sudan’s first appearance in the finals of a major continental competition since their independence in 2011.
As kick442.com reported many weeks ago, the former Under 20 Lions gaffer who has had a long stint in Europe has been confirmed as the coach of a nation currently ranked 168 in the World according to the FIFA rankings released in June 2019.
The 50-year-old ‘brains’ of German/Cameroonian decent has a disjointed team to rebuild due to countless civil wars, but his managerial experience in the past just shows he might as well be the right man for the job.
The new gaffer has the task of bringing South Sudan to the CHAN. The country has only ever taken part in the CECAFA Cup of 2012, and in the 2015 and 2017 Nations Cup qualifications, failing to impress at all attempts.
Coach Besong oversaw the Cameroonian U 20’s from 2016-2018, he was the man at the helm with the Leicester city Under 21’s from 2015-2016, acted as the senior head coach in the Arsenal football club Academy in Morocco, he has been manager of Al Nasr and Mibrat football club just to name a few.
Coach Cyprain takes over interim boss, Ramsey Sebit and he’s now the 14th head coach to handle the team, having to prove his worth with a qualification of his South Sudan team to the 16 team CHAN tournament to be staged in his country of origin(Cameroon) early next year. Nine participants — South Sudan inclusive would fight for 3 spots provided by CAF in the Central Eastern Zone.
In just over two weeks, Besong Cyprain would be on the hot sit when South Sudan play her first of two legs qualification game away to Burundi on the 26th of July 2019.