The Governor of Central Equatoria State (CES) in South Sudan, Hon. Emmanuel Adil has on Thursday 6th 2020 told the national soccer governing body, South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) President Mr Francis Amin Michale that the door to his office is always open in case he is needed to help in the development of Sports in the State and Country at large.
Hon Adil, stated this during the inspection of the construction works of Juba Stadium and Buluk Playground where he was accompanied by Hon Dr. Albino Bol, the national Minister for Youths and Sport.
The South Sudan Football Association Chief Mr. Francis Amin welcomed the visit and urged the governor to allocate lands for local football clubs in Juba for their playing grounds, saying that lack of enough space to construct more arenas is the greatest challenge that sports fraternity is facing.
Governor Adil promised to work hand in hand with the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) in developing sport especially football in the country. He said sport is the only way to revive peace and unity amongst youths.
“This is a wonderful work done by SSFA, the quest to promote sports in the country is our priority and we are going to work together with SSFA to achieve it. My door is always open, don’t hesitate to knock in case of any help needed, sports is the only way to restore peace and unity among our youths.” said Hon: Adil
It should be noted that on January 30th 2016, by then Jubek State governor Hon: Augustino Jadalla Wani had vowed that the state government will work together with state sports officials to trace and return school playgrounds which were grabbed.
‘’Juba was having playgrounds but now these playgrounds are all grabbed. So all of us need to trace out where these spaces are and who grabbed them,” he said during a trophies ceremony at the peace games recently held in Juba.
Hon; Jadallah by then stressed the need to establish a training camp for sports to accommodate players coming to Juba from other states during the conflict. The governor noted the importance of sports in creating unity and development however said funding shortages have been some of the factors that have affected Sports development plans.