FIFA to upgrade three stadia in the country
Francis Amin President of South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) speaking to Journalists on Saturday at Juba International Airport (photo by Gabriel Daniel):
By Oyiti Pernyang
The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has assured South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) of upgrading the three football stadia in the country.
Speaking upon arrival from Moscow, Russia, the President of SSFA Mr. Francis Amin said that FIFA had expressed optimism in upgrading three stadia in the country.
In our 68th FIFA Congress meeting, they have considered upgrading the three stadia in the country which includes; Juba, Wau and Renk Football stadia before the end of the year, to enable us host international games, Amin said.
He added that FIFA will also offer training to South Sudanese Referees in order to build their capacities in July this year.
He cited that the Congress was scheduled to cast vote for the candidacy of hosting FIFA 2026 World Cup in which South Sudan voted in favour of Morocco in its bid to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup but lost to the united bid by Canada, Mexico and USA.
In April this year SSFA spokesperson Mr. Alul Daniel said that the Confederation of African Football [CAF] banned the stadium from hosting International games due to poor conditions of the stadium.
Statement by CAF indicated that Juba Stadium has inadequate sanitation facilities; broken chairs at the dressing rooms among others were some of the areas that require improvements. He said that South Sudan is given an option of hosting international home games in either Uganda or Sudan.
Juba Stadium was established in 1962 and is the only stadium in the Country which hosts both international and local tournaments, in 2015 during the African Cup of Nations qualification games hosted by Juba Stadium between South Sudan and Mauritius which had to be postponed due to the heavy rains that impounded the field minutes after the start of the game.