Players of a South Sudan football team, Young Star Club, were victims of an attack from gunmen on the 8th of November, 2016.

A statement from CAF reads:

“A bus carrying South Sudanese club, Young Star Club were attacked by unknown gunmen on their way to their Torit base, about 120-kilometres from the capital, Juba, on Tuesday, 8 November 2016.

“The Torit-based club were returning to their base following the South Sudan Cup final, where they lost to Alsalam Wau last weekend.

“The bus attack occurred on the Torit-Juba road leading to the death of the driver and six others suffering various degrees of injuries including Chairman of the Club.

“The attack comes few days after a gunman opened fire on fans watching a football match in a local bar in Gure, a suburb in south-west Juba. 11 people died as a result with 16 others injured.

“CAF President, Issa Hayatou, has on his own behalf, CAF Executive Committee and the African football family extended his condolences to the South Sudan Football Association, and the bereaved families, whilst wishing the injured speedy recovery.”

According to reports, the driver of the bus carrying the players was killed, six others, including the club’s chairman, were injured.

South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, and has been embroiled in civil unrest ever since.