The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Project Coordinator for Eastern African Countries at FIFA, Mrs. Abigail Lemma Hailemichael has on Tuesday 15th June 2021 visited South Sudan to inspect the progress of the ongoing construction works at Juba Stadium.
The Juba Stadium redevelopment and reconstruction was fully a FIFA Funded project which was being implemented by the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA). In 2018 , the world governing football governing body FIFA extended a grant of five million United States Dollars (5,000,000 USD) for the construction works.
Mrs. Abigail was accompanied by the South Sudan Football Association President, Mr. Francis Amin, Mr. Victor Lawrence, the SSFA Secretary General, alongside Jok Wol who is the Chairman of Aweil Local Football Association, Mr. Mujahid Ali, member of Board of Directors during the inspection of the construction work at Juba Football Stadium.
On the FIFA and her own behalf while speaking to the SSFA TV, Mrs. Abigail expressed her happiness since the work has reached advanced stages as expected by FIFA, praising that the stadium will be one of the best stadia in the region; especially that it has been constructed according to the international standard.
Meanwhile, Mr. Francis Amin, acknowledges the support of FIFA towards upgrading the standard of sport’s infrastructure in the country. He revealed that SSFA’s next target will be the construction of Wau and Malakal Stadiums respectively.
Director of GS Construction Company, the company tasked with the construction works said, the stadium works has reached its penultimate stage, explaining that only little work to finalize inside part of the stadium remains before the stadium will start hosting international matches.
It should be noted that, South Sudan has not been hosting international matches since March 2018, all their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group qualifiers home games were hosted in Kenya and Sudan respectively. The last game the country hosted was the AFCON U-23 match against Tunisia, where the boys drew goalless.
The fans will now wait for the few months remaining to now start watching their home matches at Juba Stadium if passed fit by CAF & FIFA Safety and Security department to start hosting international, national and regional matches respectively.