49 years old Cameroon coach Cyprian Besong Ashu has invited 32 South Sudanese players to camp ahead of their 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminary round qualification game against Equatorial Guinea on September 2, 2019.

It will be his first real test at the helm of the Bright Stars since his appointment in July 2019.

Bessong is a retired footballer who played for PWD of Bamenda, Aigle of Nkongsamba, Colombe of Sangmélima and Unisport of Bafang before going to Germany to play for Fortuna Düsseldorf and Borussia Mönchengladbach though he did not really integrate their first teams.

He retired while playing for FC Viersen in 1999.

He has a wealth of coaching experience from Viktoria Rheyt FC, AS Inter Star in Burundi, Mirbat FC in Oman and Cameroon’s U20 national team.

Bessong has also been an assistant coach for Leicester City’s U21 team.

He has invited 17 foreign based players and 15home based players.

From the 17 foreign based players, nine ply their trade in Australia, two from Kenya, four from Sudan, one from Malaysia, and from Tanzania.

The 15 home based players are from Altabara FC, Amarat United, Al Mereihk FC, Rabita FC and Kator FC with the majority coming from Altabara FC.

The team is composed of three goalkeepers, 12 defenders, 9 midfielders, 3 wingers and five strikers.

It’s a daunting challenge to see them through to the next round but the Cameroon coach can work magic with a team that is seriously under construction.

Muambo Edward