The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) election is scheduled for today, the 15th of June, under the motto; “Democratic Governance for Football Development.”
There are three candidates running for presidency and two candidates for the post of the vice president. The candidates contesting for SSFA Presidency are; Francis Amin, Lual Maluk Lual, and Arop Joh Aguer. While, Sestilio Juba Lerid and Benasio Amum Deng, are the candidates contesting for the seat of the Vice President.
The Programs Manager of Capital FM, Doggy Isaac Samson, who is also a sports analyst, said Francis Amin and Lual Maluk Lual are the favorite candidates to win the elections because of their financial status and also because they are knowledgeable and supportive of local football.
“If I was to vote I would be confused because the two candidates, Amin Francis and Lual Maluk Lual, are both suitable for the position because of their financial status and also their knowledge about football”.
“They have also been so supportive of local football in the country”. Doggy told Juba Monitor in a Phone Interview yesterday.
He said Francis Amin is the man who contributed money for the Bright Stars to travel to Burundi for their AFCON qualifications last week, saying Lual Maluk, being an international referee, will be an advantage for the association and the country since he is knowledgeable about football affairs.
Doggy said if any of the two candidates, Francis Amin and Lual maluk wins, it is okay for the future of football in the country. He also added that the position of the Presidency deserves someone who is financially stable.
The next President of the SSFA will face the challenge of reorganizing and strengthening the country’s national team, the Bright Stars, as they prepare to compete in the Champions of African Nations (CHAN) tournament. CHAN is a tournament organized basically for home based players. South Sudan plays Uganda next month in the CHAN after beating Djibouti and Somalia in the previous stage.
The SSFA invited delegates from the local Football Associations in the states and across the country. The FA officials were flown into Juba yesterday to participate and vote for their favorite candidates.
By David Mono Danga