By Mamer Abraham Kuot
The President of South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Gen. Augustino Maduot Parek on Thursday inspected the Juba National Football Stadium and promised that the construction would be finished within by the end of this year.
Gen. Parek was accompanied by his team, the board of directors and members of local football association, engineers from the contractors, GS Company and FIFA engineers supervising the work.
In his statement, he appreciated GS company contractors and civil engineers for the good job done adding that the Stadium met the FIFA standards. He said that the country was going to have a well-designed stadium.
“We are happy, I want to tell the public of course, the seven miles in the stadium which were not part of the initial design which they were going to work on.There is a communication going on with the FIFA in order to consider the other part and this is what may delay the work and hopefully the stadium will be ready this year,” he said.
According to Parek, one of his plans was to contact CAF and FIFA to help in upgrading of coaches, referees and leaders through training. He also said that there was success already that the National team competed in CECAFA and thus women team would also compete in CECAFA.President He disclosed that leagues in the States would commence in August.
He requested Eng.GirmaShiferaw, the Founder of GS Construction Company to organize a meeting so as to get details of the challenges faced for further action.
Tom Tombe, Head of Civil Vision team, South Sudan appreciated SSFA President for checking on the progress of the work, saying that the completion of the stadium was delayed by the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Girma Shiferaw of GS Construction Company said the Stadium would accommodate about 7500 spectators or more, a high number than the previous stadium which was for 700 Spectators only.
Engineer Shiferaw promised they would do their best to rule out the previous accusations that their company was fake. However, he refused to give details of the construction claiming that he would speak after the completion of the Stadium.