South Sudan's new coach pledges reforms

2018-03-06 05:24:41 GMT2018-03-06 13:24:41(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JUBA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's newly appointed headcoach Ahcene Ait-Abdelmelek on Monday pledged to improve soccer inthe world's youngest nation.

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) last week appointedthe German-born Algerian as head coach of the Bright Stars.

The Algerian tactician succeeded interim manager Bilal Felixafter signing a one-year-deal.

Abdelmelek told reporters on Monday, "I am glad for theaccommodation and appointment as the new coach and I am committedto work for the people of South Sudan."

"I am confident to offer all my knowledge and skills to improvethe football team in South Sudan," he added.

Abdelmelek's major task will be preparing for the upcomingAfrican Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Mali inSeptember.

Abdelmalek previously coached the Burundi national team, Mali'sClub Djoliba AC as well as clubs in Europe.

He becomes South Sudan's fourth foreign coach after SouthKorea's Lee Sung-Jea, Serbian Zoran Dordevic and Uganda's LeoAdraa.