A total of 14 goals have so far been scored on the day 1 of the South Sudan National Women League 2021 with the highest scoring fixture ending with an 8-0 win and the lowest in a 1-0 win.
The South Sudan Football Association on Saturday 20st February 2021 opened a milestone moment for South Sudan Women National League as the country kicked off its first ever national women’s football league at the Buluk Training Ground.
The first game held was between Juba SuperStars entering the Aweil Women Team a game which ended in a 2-0 win for the home team under the component in the association’s Stars Unite Women’s Football Strategy.
Suzi Michale who will be remembered as the first player to have scored the first goal in the first ever South Sudan National League broke the deadlock in the 19th minutes of the first half. Emmanuela Satero made it 2-0 in the 70th minute to pick up all the 3 points.
In the other games played Torit Women FC walloped Wau Women FC 8-0 at the Torit playing ground to register the biggest win of the day 1 on Sunday 21st February, 2021, while in Kuajok, visitors Bentiu United FC beat Kuajok 1-0 as they register a win away from home. In Yambio, the Yambio Women FC lost to visiting Yei Joint Stars FC by 3-0
According to World governing football body FIFA, South Sudan might be among the newest members of the FIFA family as they became the 209th association to be affiliated to the world governing body back in 2012 – but their recent high level women’s football activity is emblematic of a nation hungry to catch up fast.
Just a fortnight ago, and two years since the national women’s team played its first match, the well-credentialed Shilene Booysen was named South Sudan’s coach for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup cycle. The appointment reflects the South Sudan Football Association’s (SSFA) bold goals on being the number one women’s football nation in the region.
Booysen, who was an assistant at Houston Dash and on the coaching staff with South Africa during France 2019, recognised the desire within the federation, saying: “When I saw what South Sudan was doing in terms of women’s football and the strategy that the SSFA has put in place … since then I have always wanted to be a part of something like this.”
The South Sudan National League 2021 continues on 27th February 2021 as day 2 brings on Aweil Women FC versus Kuajok Women FC in Aweil, Bentiu United FC plays Juba Super Stars at Buluk Training Center, Wau Women FC takes on Yambio Women FC in Wau playing ground while Yei Joint Stars FC will be welcoming Torit Women FC at Yei playing ground all games are expected to kick off at 2pm CAT.