The President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), Francis Amin Michael has said Juba National Stadium will likely be ready to host the remaining qualifiers of the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Stadium is currently undergoing reconstruction process under the FIFA Forward Support Programme.
“We are very happy with the speed at which the contractor GS Construction is doing the work and we are hopeful the stadium could be ready to host some AFCON qualifier matches later this year,” said Amin told SSFA website on Saturday.
It should be noted that the South Sudan’s national football team, Bright Star are bottom of Group B in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers. After losing their opening match 1-0 away to Malawi before falling 2-1 to Burkina Faso in a home game hosted in the Sudanese capital Khartoum at Khartoum Stadium.
South Sudan was meant to hosts Uganda in a reverse fixture and Malawi in March and June this year, but the games have been postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The contractor has finished to work on the other stands and is now working on the pavilion. We are hoping that the Stadium could be ready sometime by August so that we have a chance of hosting our games at home if they are finally scheduled by the Confederation of African Football (CAF),” said the SSFA President.
The Juba National Stadium opened in 1962, has a small capacity of about 12000 fans. SSFA says the Stadium will now be able to accommodate about 19,000 with reconstruction is complete.
If completed, it will be the best football facility the country has established in since it’s affiliation to CAF and FIFA in 2012. With others on the pipeline to be improved is Wau Stadium which its commencement is said to started after the competition of Juba Stadium in August 2020.
NB: Part of this article was extracted from SSFA Website. https://ssfaonline.com/