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SSFA instructs local associations to resume activities

By John Agok

The Secretary General for South Sudan Football Association (SSFA)Anthony John Lauroyesterday instructed all secretaries from Local Football Associations to resume their sporting activities subject to adherence to the COVID-19 Preventive measures which includes conducting games without spectators.

A circular dated 10th of February 2021 grantedspecial permission to continue with some of the activities.“Dear Secretaries,SSFA Administration would like to inform your kind offices that, we have received special permission to go on with the below event: National Team preparations, Women League 2021 and the South Sudan Cup 2021.

Therefore, we are strictly instructed to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive and Protective measures and guidelines, that’s all the above-mentioned events must be conducted without audiences, and following the COVID-19 protocols.

Dear friends, failure to observe these measures will lead to permanent annulment of our activities.If any member of local football association violates this instruction, he/she will be suspended from all football activities,” the statement reads.

The Circular was signed by Anthony John Lauro the Secretary General for SSFA.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone, Willpower Makoi, the best player of the ongoing South Sudan Cup tournament in Lakes Stateechoed that, he received this circular with mix-reaction since; they are going to lose fans as well as audience which made the tournament fantastic. 

“I am going to lose my fans as well as the entire audience and the game will really be boring, unlike Europe where the matches are relayed on Televisions live.  Players will enjoy the game by knowing their audiences watching them live”, he explained.

Benjamin MarialApac a crazy fan for Zalan FC said that, they are going to misswatching the great players playing the big matches without crowds witnessing their stunning skills on the pitch.

“It is very unfortunate that we will not witness the super skilled players in our team Zalan FC and these players are inspiring us with their skills when we are watching their play in the pitch”, he said.

Marianna Christopher the Chairlady for South Sudan Women League could not respond to the circular as she continued dodging talks with Juba Monitor after several phone calls.She claimed to be very busy and promised to call back but did not materialize.

The Vice President for Service Cluster and the Chairperson of National Taskforce on Coronavirus (Covid-19) issued an order on Monday that reads “Ban off all social gatherings including sporting events during the National lockdown”, The National Taskforce, however, grants special permission to South Sudan Football Association to conduct training of National teams, Women League and South Sudan Cup without audiences to watch the matches. Failure to that will lead to permanent annulment of the activities.

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