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South Sudan National Cup

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Region  South Sudan
Current champions  Wau Salaam FC (2016)
Number of teams  16 (2016)
Organising body  South Sudan Football Association
Founded  2011; 6 years ago (2011)
International cup(s)  CAF Champions League CAF Confederation Cup

The South Sudan National Cup is an annual knockout association football competition in men's domestic South Sudanese football. Organized by the South Sudan Football Association, the cup began in 2012, not long after South Sudan gained independence. Al-Malakia FC is the most successful club in South Sudan National Cup history, holding two titles. In the most recent competition, nine teams competed in the cup. However, the competition has only been held three times, most recently in 2014.

History

South Sudan gained its independence from the country of Sudan on July 9, 2011, after a referendum was passed into law. The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) was formed in April 2011 and has gained membership of FIFA, CAF and CECAFA. Alongside the National Cup, SSFA runs domestic leagues, with the South Sudan Football Championship as the top division.

The first South Sudan National Cup was held in 2012 with eight teams entered in the competition. The first round of the competition was a two-legged quarterfinal knockout stage. The four quarterfinal winners, El Nasir FC, Akwachi Dit, El Meriekh and Merreikh Aweil FC, entered a semi-final stage. The semi-finals each consisted of a single match. On Sept. 8, 2012, El Nasir FC beat Akwachi Dit 2–0. Then on Sept. 9, El Meriekh beat Merreikh Aweil FC 1–0, and these teams went on to play in the final. On Sept. 12, the Juba-based El Nasir FC beat the Renk-based El Meriekh 2–1 to win the title.

In 2013, the second edition of the South Sudan National Cup was held. Many more teams entered than in 2012, and the first round of the competition was split up into regions. Teams from the states of Central Equatoria, Upper Nile and Western Equatoria competed. Eventually, 16 teams progressed to the final stage. They were split into four groups, but two of the four did not play. From the group stage, four teams qualified for the semi-finals. They were: Al-Malakia FC (Juba), Ahli FC (Malakal), Salaam Aweil FC (Northern Bahr el Ghazal) and Amal Raja FC (Western Bahr el Ghazal). Al-Malakia FC beat Ahli FC in penalties and Salaam Aweil FC beat Amal Raja FC 3–2. In the final, Al-Malakia FC won 2–0 and qualified for the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.

The 2014 South Sudan National Cup was contested by nine teams, split up into two groups. Teams from the states of Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei did not compete due to conflicts in those areas. The teams were split into a Wau group and a Juba group. The eventual semi-finalists were Al-Malakia FC, Al-Ghazal FC (Wau), Eslah FC and Tahrir FC. Al-Ghazal FC and Al-Malakia FC won the semi-finals after winning 2–0 on aggregate and 6–3 on aggregate, respectively. Al-Malakia FC won the final held on Aug. 31, 2014, 1–0. By winning, Al-Malakia FC qualified for the 2015 CAF Champions League.

In 2015, the SSFA announced a new cup competition for domestic South Sudanese football. Sponsored by the MTN Group, the MTN8 Football Championship was held in 2015 and won by Al-Malakia FC.

In 2016, Wau Salaam FC won the South Sudan National Cup after beating Young Stars FC of Torit 3-0 in the final.

References

South Sudan National Cup Wikipedia


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