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South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) to attest Women’s Cup with 7 Teams as litmus Test ahead of Women League in 2020

SSFA President during a Women's competition finals in Torit Photo: Credit SSFA

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) women football development committee will be having Women South Sudan Cup which shall be contested by 7 town/cities ahead of the Women’s League in 2020.

The seven (7) teams included Juba, Torit, Yei, Yambio, Wau, Aweil and Kuajok. The seven have been divided into 2 groups with group A to be based in Juba and will include teams like Juba as the host will be alongside Torit, Yei and Yambio. Meanwhile group B will consist of only 3 teams with Wau as the host and will be alongside Aweil and Kuajok.

One of the Women Teams pose for a group photo at Zahara Playing ground in Juba

The group A teams will witness Juba Women team playing Torit Women team on the 15th October 2019, Yambio Women team Versus Yei Women team on the 16th October 2019 and on the 18th October, 2019 will see fans witness two matches with Torit Women team taking on Yambio Women team and Yei Women team battles it out with Juba Women team. The group A matches will come to an end on the 20th October, 2019 when Yambio Women team entertains Juba Women team and Yei Women team takes on Torit Women team, all the group matches kicks off at 4:00pm.

Women South Sudan Cup 2019 group Fixtures released by South Sudan Football Association: Photo Credit Kelly Abale.

Meanwhile in the opening group B matches, host Wau Women team entertains Aweil Women team on the 15th October, 2019, while on the 18th October, 2019 will see Aweil Women team taking on Kuajok Women team. The group B matches will be summarized with Wau Women team entertaining the Kuajok Women team. All the matches will be played at 4:00pm at Wau Stadium.  

This competition will be a litmus test to prepare the combined teams for the women’s league which SSFA promised to introduce it by February 2020. The committee at the South Sudan Football Association under the Women football development is yet to reveal if clubs are going to be considered or a town team for the league.

South Sudan is yet to have a National Women team at any category of U15, U17, U20, or even U23 which will represent the Country in regional or continental competitions. The CECAFA secretariat through the Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has announced recently in the just concluded CECAFA U20 Challenge in Uganda that they are looking forward to have CECAFA U-17 Women Challenge In December, 2019, but South Sudan is yet to have a team for such a competition.

Villa United Women FC while in Yambio taking part in Women competition in 2018

In April 21st 2019 while in Torit SSFA president Francis Amin Michael, told the crowd after attending the Torit State Governor’s Cup for Women in Torit, that “Next year 2020 we shall start the women’s League. We are still trying to organize ourselves well”, said Amin. He has encouraged the Local Football Associations in the States put more effort in building the girls’ sports at all levels.  

South Sudan Women last participated in a continental women competition in September 28th 2013 when the South Sudan U20 took part in the U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 qualifiers. South Sudan lost the tie in humiliating 22-0 aggregated result with the first leg ending 9-0 to the Uganda Women team and the second leg ended 13-0, that match also shown one South Sudan player, Sidona Akwch Adhar rushed to a clinic after she fell unconscious.

St. Mary Women FC  during a Women’s game in Yambio Photo Credit: Arckangelo Apai.

FIFA in its recent sitting in Kigali on 26 October 20 the FIFA Forward Development Programme Regulations 2.0 has been increased up to USD 500,000 which is paid in July each year, provided that the member association fulfils up to ten specific activities during the year (USD 50,000 per activity). These activities include:

(1)   Organizing men’s, women’s and youth competitions (two age groups for both girls and boys) – each competition should involve at least ten clubs for at least 90 matches and for at least six months each year;

(2)   Having active men’s, women’s and youth national teams – each one participating in at least four matches per year;

(3)   Having a functioning and regularly updated IT player registration and competition management system (provided free of charge by FIFA if needed); and

Women referees to take charge of a Women game at Yambio Town Photo: Credit Archangelo Apai.

(4)   Having men’s and women’s refereeing programmes.

All the above If implemented by SSFA, they will  get enough support from FIFA in the Forward Development Programme.

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