S. Sudan sports officials stranded in Burundi

The sports officials who travelled to Burundi for South Sudan’s African Cup of Nations Qualifiers, AFCON game against the Swallows of Burundi, remained behind due to limited return tickets.

According to an anonymous source, the officials and the coaching staff remained in Bujumbura, Burundi because of limited return tickets.

“The tickets were not enough therefore; the officials who were about eight, including the head coach and the other coaching staff agreed that, the players should come first and then they will come later when more tickets are secured,” the source told Juba Monitor yesterday.

The source said the officials ought to have arrived yesterday morning depending on the time the tickets for their return are acquired.  Efforts to reach the officials in Burundi proved futile.

The Bright Stars returned from Burundi on Monday where they travelled to play their first league of the AFCON qualifiers. The Bright Stars of South Sudan played against the Swallows of Burundi. It was a disappointing result for the country, with the national team, Bright Stars going down 3-0 against an impressive Burundi team in Bujumbura on Saturday.

Before the game, the national team faced serious financial challenges where the South Sudan Football Association had to come out and appeal for fund from the public. Thankfully, that demand was met through the efforts of some individuals who sacrificed so that the team can travel to Burundi for the AFCON Qualifiers.

On her speech during the departure of the team to Burundi on Friday, Agum Ring applauded the efforts made by some companies and some individuals who supported the team in terms of logistics though she did not mention the people and the companies that supported the team.

“We give thanks to those who supported the team, we hope that they will play well, because if they perform well, it will impress the youth as well as the whole country,” Ring told Juba Monitor.

By David Mono Danga

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