The sport’s governing body in South Sudan (South Sudan Football Association) has lifted the ban on all sporting event as long as they adhere to the preventive measures of coronavirus.
Sports activities has remained as one of the unifying factors among youth in the country.
Following the lift on the ban the football governing body (SSFA) launched a country wide women national league.
Yei River County’s Join Stars’ Women Football team on Friday travelled to Yambio to play their first game which is scheduled for Sunday, February 21st, 2021.
The team’s coach Sony Harriet said they had enough preparation and the players are ready to face their first competitors in Yambio.
She expressed readiness and confidence of winning the games in Yambio because all her injured players have recovered.
“Although we are ready for our first game on Sunday, SSFA has restricted us to travel only with sixteen players,” the coach mentioned.
The team captain Ikoru Winnie said many parents and guardians are not allowing their daughters to play football which is a big challenge to women footballers in the country.
She cited lack of females’ coaches and medical personnel during training and managing women sports affairs.
The team captain called on the public to stop restricting girls from participating in sports events.
Meanwhile Wau Women football team will face Torit Women Football team on Sunday February 21st, as part of the nationwide tournament.
Head of Women Football in Western Bahr el Ghazal Kalthum Suleiman said they have conducted local tournament to select a team that will represent Wau in the women national league.
She added that regardless of the challenges the team is ready to compete in the league.
Kalthum appealed to the government and well-wishers to support them since the team is representing the state.
Wau Women football team will play their first match of the tournament in Torit and later they will play with Yambio and Juba team on a date yet to be scheduled.
This is the first Women’s Football National League tournament organized by South Sudan Football Association consisting of eight teams from various regions in the country.