The President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), Gen. Augustino Maduot Parek has said it will be very important for the government to support football in the country.
Gen. Maduot Parek who was voted President of SSFA during the General Assembly in July, 2021 told Sports News Africa that football in South Sudan will grow at a faster rate if there is government support.
“Since I was elected President of SSFA, I have had positive talks with the government and they have promised to support football. We shall continue engaging the government and the private sector to support football because we know we have the potential,” added Gen. Maduot Parek.
Currently the South Sudan football body depends on the grants from FIFA, CAF and local sponsors Tristar group Limited which pays the national coach.
The new SSFA President made it clear that a lot of resources are needed to maintain the different national teams, capacity building for coaches and administrators and also to improve infrastructure.
He made it clear that once the Juba Stadium that is under renovation is complete, they will be able to carry out many of their program and also host international matches at home. FIFA provided US$5 million for the renovation of the stadium under the FIFA Forward Program.
He made it clear that partnerships with other Member Associations around the world will also help in the stability and growth of the game in South Sudan.
“Our unity can give us what we want to achieve. We can build a culture of discipline, a culture of socialization, a culture of togetherness and culture of cooperation to our people which will in turn help us develop football in South Sudan,” added Gen. Maduot Parek.
Maduot Parek, who has served in the army for over 30-years took over as President of SSFA from Micheal Amin who served for four years.
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