The wait on 20th February 2021 will come to pass as It will be a new day, with new sports events with new faces and a new competition recognized by CAF and FIFA the South Sudan football fans will be welcomed with the first ever national women’s league.
Eight teams will grace up the 2021 women’s league inaugural competition which will officially kick off at Buluk training center at 2pm on Saturday 20th February, 2021 with Juba Super Stars facing off Aweil Women Team.
Other fixtures will be played on 21st February 2021 and they include Kuajok Women Team entertaining Bentiu Women’s Team, while Torit Women’s Team face off Wau Women Team at Torit Freedom Square and Yambio Women’s Team will be entertaining Yei Joint Stars.
The 8 teams included the 2019 South Sudan Women’s Cup winners Aweil Women Team, debutantes Torit Women Team, Juba Super Stars, Yei Joint Stars, Yambio Women Team, Kuajok Women Team, Wau Women Team and Bentiu Women Team.
According to the South Sudan Football Association, all the 8 teams taking part in the Women’s National League represent the various regions of South Sudan, however 8 out of the 16 affiliated local football associations are not in the inaugural arrangement yet, they include Rumbek, Abyei, Bor, Malakal, Renk, Melut, Raja and Nasir Local Football Associations.
It should be noted the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) launched a 4 years women’s strategic plan late last year and one of the key strategic goals was the creation of a national women’s Football League where the women around South Sudan will be able to play competitive football for the first time.
The League will also give a chance to the women’s team coach to showcase their talent on the touch line. The build up into the competition also helps the just appointed Women national team coach a chance to have good selection of talent into the National Senior Women’s Team and other levels of national representation.
South Sudan National Senior Women’s Team Captain Amy Lasu while speaking to the ssfaonline, said, “It’s the first time this is happening, so the mood is great, it is a big deal for all the women, ladies and girls because it has never happened in this country so there is a lot of excitement and the women can’t wait for the League to start. I’m mostly looking forward to playing other teams because I’ve never been able to play with other teams except the ones in Juba, so I’m looking forward to playing with them to see how good they are, and I think it’s going to be great.”
Yei Women Football Club Coach Sonia Amaka Harriet who doubles as the SSFA U20 women’s national team coach expressed her excitement saying, “this is great for our country because, players will get the opportunity to play with women from all states across South Sudan. This is also going to give us a chance as coaches to practise our coaching skills working with the women day in day out for the first time. Our team Yei Women FC has been training hard and all the girls cannot wait to play their first match, so I’m looking forward to competing with all other teams.”
The South Sudan Federation President, Francis Amin also added, “I started the women’s football League programme because we need to follow the FIFA standard and the professional way of playing women’s football. I’m very happy that we’re going to kick off the first ever Women’s Football League in South Sudan. It started as a dream but now it’s going to be a reality on the 20th of February. I am looking forward to implementing all the plans in our strategic plan according to our vision and mission. This is the beginning, so we shall work very hard to learn through our experiences. I know the challenges are there, but we shall learn from them and immediately we shall put measures in play for the sustainability of the programme.”
The league which kicks off on the 20th February 2021 will be played on home and away basis. If all goes as planned, the first round fixtures will be concluded on 03rd April, 2021 with Aweil Women hosting Bentiu, Kuajok Women hosting Juba Super Stars, while Yambio Women traveling to Torit and play the Torit Women Team as Yei Join Stars entertains Wau Women Team at Yei Freedom Square.