The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) has announced Shilene Booysen as the new Senior Women’s Head Coach on a two-year contract that will see her take charge of the Bright Starlets till 2023. Shilene previously worked as an Assistant Coach of Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League in America. Most recently she has been working as an Assistant Coach for the South African Senior Women’s National Team.

Speaking about her new appointment, Shilene remarked “When I saw what South Sudan was doing in terms of women’s football and the strategy that the SSFA has put in place, and what they have done since putting it in place, everything that they have done made me excited and since then I have always wanted to be a part of something like this. This is exactly where I want to be, this is exactly what I want to do, and I want to be a part of something bigger and for me South Sudan football and the Federation plans represents something bigger.’’

The South Sudan FA President, Francis Amin, commented, “We are delighted to announce Shilene as the next Head Coach of the South Sudan Senior Women’s Football Team. Our vision is to be number one and having a full-time Head Coach is part of our strategic plan. We want to give women on the senior women’s national team full time training that is monitored, and we want to see the team competing at a high level soon.”

The SSFA Women’s Football Consultant, Jean Sseninde added, “Shilene has plenty of international experience having worked in the National Women’s Soccer League as an Assistant Coach to Vera Pauw with the Houston Dash and also with the South Africa Senior women’s national team as a Tactical Assistant Coach to Desiree Ellis. She has worked in high pressure games in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and we fully believe her experiences, authenticity, commitment and understanding of our vision as SSFA will help us build a team that will challenge for regional and continental titles in the near future.”

Shilene has won multiple championships with South Africa women’s national team as assistant tactical coach

Head Coach Shilene Booysen speaks to SSFA media team for the first time


  • Bidali Henry Reply

    February 10, 2021 at 9:21 am

    It is great moment as the South Sunday Football body has taken a big step in appointment of Shilene. I understand with her vast experience and expertise, she will deliver more for the success of women football in South Sudan.

    Women football has been lagging behind due to the negative cultural normal and the cyclical conflict that has disaplaced millions. However, with such experienced personalities coming onboard, we hope for the better of our girls in the game.

    My profound gratitude to Francis Amin and the team in the federation for working hard to ensure football is moved to the next level in this challenging environment.

    Thank you!

  • Alejandro Heredia Reply

    February 10, 2021 at 9:35 am

    SSFA are in the right way.
    Education is key.

  • Cecilia Mogga Kenyi Reply

    February 10, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Thank you, for the offering your time, heart and strength to be with us in South Sudan I am so delighted for you being with us. You are welcome, welcome welcome. From JLFA WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE.

  • Diana Reply

    February 10, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Wow, much appreciate really

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