The world Football body, FIFA will inspect the ongoing renovation works at the Juba National Stadium in May this year.
“I will be in South Sudan in May to inspect the work at the Juba National Stadium,” said FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer Véron Mosengo-Omba in Kinshasa, DR Congo last week.
Mosengo-Omba made it clear that they are happy that South Sudan decided to use part of their Forward funds to renovate Juba National Stadium. “It is difficult to develop and promote football when you lack a good Stadium,” reasoned Mosengo-Omba at the Kin Plaza Hotel.
The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) embarked on a renovation exercise of the Juba Stadium into a 7,000-seater capacity in June 2019. The renovation was expected to conclude in April 2020, but the late 2019 heavy rains delayed the construction process.
During the launch of the project last year, SSFA President, Francis Amin Michael said once the renovation is complete it will help South Sudan promote football better. “A better Stadium will mean more football played and several sponsors coming on board.
The South Sudan Football Association together with the government of South Sudan are also trying to ensure several other stadiums are developed in the country including the anticipated 45,000 seater stadium which will be constructed by the Chinese company.
It should be noted that due to the absence of a certified football stadium in South Sudan, all men and women football matches are being hosted in the neighboring countries such as Sudan and Uganda. With Uganda recently hosting the South Sudan Bright Starlets FIFA Women World Cup U-20 match against Algeria U-20 team at StarTimes, Lugogo, while Sudan has been hosting all the Men games both AFCON and FIFA qualifying matches.