The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) is planning to start a robust annual referees training after the completion of Buluk playground and Juba Stadium. Speaking during a live radio talk show at Radio Good News 89 FM in Rumbek lakes state on Monday 10th August 2020, SSFA President Francis Amin Michael announced that the association will start training referees early next year.
“We are going to open training schools for referees, we are going to put timetables for the whole year, and every year we will be receiving trainees to be trained as professional referees for Senior, youth and women categories”.
Other groups that will benefit from SSFA planned capacity building are coaches and administrators, “also, we are going to train coaches for grassroot football for women, youth and senior/professional level, that’s why we are opening the training center, at the same time we are going to put training of administrators. That’s the purpose of Buluk training center”. Amin emphasized.
South Sudan faces a challenge of lack of football infrastructure, inadequate professional referees and low number of trained administrators. The Country has only Six International referees recognized by CAF and FIFA.
By the time of completion, Buluk training center and Juba Stadium which will be the first training and stadiums constructed as per the required international standards in the country.
On the other hand the SSFA President has vowed to ensure accountability in both the national football association and all the Sixteen affiliated local football associations within the country, he also talked of the construction and renovation of Wau stadium to commence after completion of Juba Stadium. Malakal Stadium is also in the plans of SSFA with availability of funds.