South Sudan, the World's youngest nation, is now a full FIFA member.
Following the inclusion, confirmed after a voting exercise conducted at FIFA's annual congress in Budapest, Hungary, the team is now eligible to take part in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
And the representatives of the country's football fraternity were at hand to receive the welcome.
-I want to assure you that we are going to follow the statutes and
regulations of FIFA and obey the law of our good game, South Sudan
FA president Oliver Mori Benjamin was quoted to have said in an acceptance speech by the BBC.
-In particular, we are still suffering from war, so we promise that we will develop football to fight against war, hunger and poverty.
-I want to assure you that in my state in South Sudan, Abyei, we are still in a war zone but I promise in a few days, we are going to raise the flag of Fifa in Abyei for the good of our people.
The country became a sovereign republic in July 2011.