Zoran Djordjevic becomes South Sudan’s first coach

The deal with the 60-year-old, according to his agent, is a rare opportunity for local players to grab as their dream of playing abroad beckons
South Sudan have inked a one-year deal with Zoran Djordjevic to become their first ever coach ever since they gained independence.

Djordjevic, who was in charge of the Philippines Under-23 side, will have his first major task in a maiden friendly against the Cranes of Uganda on July 10.

Speaking to Goal.com, a son of the coach, Mirko Djordjevic, who happens to be the agent who arranged the contract said he looks forward to “providing opportunities for talented South Sudanese players to play for clubs in Europe.”

“This is a great opportunity for all the players just as I did for James Moga when I arranged his transfer to the I-League where he became one of the top three strikers in India,” he added.

The Bright Star are the newest members of world football governing body, Fifa, and will be eligible to play in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup qualifying fixtures.