FIFA team in Juba for sports visit

By: Bullen Bala Alexander

 A team from the Federation of International Football Association [FIFA] is in Juba to see the progress of sports in the country.

Addressing the press yesterday, Fatma Samoure, the Secretary General of FIFA who was accompanied by the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmed Ahmed said she was coming to see for herself the real football in South Sudan.

“So today I am coming with different heart to tell the reality about football on the ground and also to see how we can move together with CAF in improving football in the country,” she said.

Ms. Samoure said it was not her first time to come to South Sudan, adding that she had been in the country while working with the United Nations for the last 20 years.

Ahmed Ahmed, the president of CAF said that it was their first visit and they expected to make the visit short.

He said the main objective of the visit was to come and see what Francis Amin and his team has started to build.

“We are here to see what Francis and his team has started to build, we are here to see what he has already done and what we can do more after that,” he said.

Nadia Arop, the national Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports said the coming of the FIFA and CAF delegation was in solidarity with Ministry and the Football association in the country.

“They came to visit for the first time, the leadership of CAF and FIFA and their coming is very important to us as a country, the ministry and as a federation,”   she said.

She said FIFA and CAF were one family and that their coming was a boost to sports in the country.

“As we know, sport is one of the tools in supporting and bringing unity and peace among the people,” Arop stressed.

She said the delegation will continue to meet different stakeholders in the country so that they get to know how far South Sudan love sports so as to support us.

She said as the country was going through the process of peace, they would use sports as a tool for bringing peace among South Sudanese.

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