Gov’t, FIFA & SSFA Agree to Jointly Develop Country’s Football
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr Albino Bol together with FIFA Secretary General, Mrs. Fatma Samoura and SSFA President Mr. Augustino Maduot posing for a photo shortly after a meeting, | Photo |SSFA.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Albino Bol, today met with a delegation from FIFA headed by General Secretary, Mrs. Fatma Samoura and in presence was SSFA President, Mr. Augustino Maduot.
The meeting discussed how FIFA, SSFA and the Government would joint efforts towards development of football in the country.
Speaking in a statement, Dr. Albino expressed his appreciations to the FIFA General Secretary for her visit, assuring government’s efforts to develop sports in the country, especially football. He revealed a project of the ministry to rehabilitate young people in South Sudan through sport.
He explained that the biggest challenge hindering the development of sport in South Sudan is infrastructure. FIFA General Secretary, Mrs. Fatma Samoura said that the meeting was fruitful because it dealt with critical issues, including aspects related to sports’ infrastructure of South Sudan, especially the project of rehabilitation of Juba National Football Stadium, which is about to be completed, as well as capacity building of cadres working in the field of football in South Sudan and the development of women’s football so that the country’s women can participate in the next Women’s World Cup-2023 Competition in Australia and New Zealand, reassuring FIFA’s readiness to provide necessary support for women’s football in the country.
She welcomed the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on a project of Juba National Football Stadium, describing it has a good relationship between FIFA and the Government of South Sudan.
Meanwhile, the President of SSFA, Mr. Augustino Maduot, welcomed the visit of FIFA delegation to the country, expressing his gratitude to FIFA for its unwavering support to the country. He explained that SSFA is prioritizing women’s football and would also like to see women take part in the football leadership, revealing that the current SSFA Board of Directors is consist of three representatives from women’s side – and SSFA will continue to empower women through capacity building in order to upgrade their capabilities in football management sector.
He confirmed that SSFA is working hand in hand with the Ministry of Youth and Sports towards taking the country’s sport especially football forward. The meeting also discussed how beach soccer can be established in the country; he expressed optimism that the plan will soon see light.