By Okan Thomas Onyango
The Juba Local Football Association has confirmed that the South Sudan Cup 2021 will starttomorrow after it was suspended due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Speaking to Juba Monitor Newspaper yesterday, the Secretary General for the Juba Local Football Association, Samuel TartisioTangun said that the South Sudan Cup will resumeon Sunday with the last match of the quarter finals between Amarat United FC Juba and Malakia FC atBuluk Training Center, three o’clock strictly without fans.
“We are going to resume the matches on 14th February that’s on Sunday and it’s the last match of quarter finals between Malakia FC and Amarat United. Then the Semifinals will start on Monday between Gudele FC and BulukImtidad FC. Then on Wednesday Atlabara FC will take on the winners of the Sunday game,” Tartisio said.
Tartisio also revealed that the games will strictly be attended without fans and the players, technical personal and the organizers will have to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols by observing the procedures including sitting one meters apart for the players on bench. Adding that the final will be played on Sunday the 21st February.
This week, the Secretary General for South Sudan Football Association instructed all secretaries from local Football Associations to resume their sporting activities adhering to the COVID-19 preventivemeasures and guidelines which includes conducting the matches without the spectators.
The Vice President for Service Cluster and the Chairperson of National Taskforce on Coronavirus had issued an order banning off all social gatherings including sporting events during the National lockdown but however later, granted special permission to South Sudan Football Association to conduct training of the National Teams, Women league and the South Sudan Cup without spectators.