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LIBREVILLE: South Sudan will become a provisional member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday, the first step to becoming the world’s newest footballing nation.

But the country, which broke away from Sudan and was declared independent in July last year, will need another two years before it can compete fully in all competitions, CAF general secretary Hicham El Amrani told Reuters on Wednesday.

South Sudan will be inaugurated in a ceremony at the CAF Congress in Libreville on Friday and will become eligible for immediate financial assistance from African football’s governing body. South Sudan Football Association was established last month.