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Gor Striker Okello Joins Bright Stars Camp Ahead of FIFA Arab Cup Games

Gor Mahia striker Tito Okello has linked up with his Bright Stars teammates as preparations for the FIFA Arab Cup hit top gear.

Gor Mahia knocked out Kariobangi Sharks in the Football Kenya Federation Betway Cup without Okello who traveled to South Sudan on June 9.

The current Betking Premier League season does not ideally fall within FIFA’s international calendar. As such, several teams look set to lose players during crucial fixtures as the league and cup competitions carry on.  

Okello and the Bright Stars of South Sudan are set to take part in the FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar in November.

Okello made his debut for the Bright Stars on 10 October 2020 against Cameroon. He has scored one international goal against his native Uganda.

The FIFA Arab Cup is a preparatory tournament for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The tournament will begin on 30 November 2021 and the final will take place on 18 December 2021, exactly one year before the 2022 World Cup final is scheduled to take place.

A total of 23 Arab nations will take part in the tournament including 11 African countries. Egypt, Comoros, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia and Somalia will all take part.

The top nine ranked sides (according to the April 2021 edition of FIFA rankings) qualify for the group stages automatically. These sides are; Qatar, Iraq, Tunisia, UAE, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Egypt.

The rest will have to battle it out in single-leg knockout qualifiers, with seven teams advancing to the group stages. From the four groups, group winners and runner-ups advance to the quarter-finals.

The Bright Stars of South Sudan will face Jordan in the single-leg knockout qualifiers. If they win the qualifier, the Bright Stars will join Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the Winner of Palestine v Comoros in Group C.

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