FIFA to initiate women football projects in South Sudan

FIFA to initiate women football projects in South Sudan

A FIFA delegation led by FIFA Women’s Football Development Manager, Arijana Demirovic, arrived in Juba to initiate women sports projects in the country.

The delegation that arrived on Wednesday is expected to meet various sports stakeholders to discuss the plans to initiate the FIFA women’s projects in the country.

The projects are bordering on the promotion of women’s football development in South Sudan, especially, by creating awareness campaigns on girls’ menstrual hygiene, which can stop girls from continuing with schools as well as playing football.

Demirovic told reporters at Juba International Airport upon her arrival that the visit would focus on both the state and national levels.

According to the delegation team leader, her team will discuss ways of advancing how FIFA and SSFA can work together to make the project successful in the country.

“Our visit is basically intended to work on FIFA projects both at state and national levels. We will be meeting various sports stakeholders to look into how we can work together with the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) to make the missions succeed,” the statement reads on the SSFA Facebook page.

On Thursday, the delegation started its first engagement with both South Sudan’s ministries of youth and sports and general education and instruction, where the two ministries held a fact-finding meeting with SSFA.

According to the media reports, the two ministries showed a positive gesture to support FIFA’s project to educate girls about their personal hygiene.

The meeting tackled ways of identifying and addressing the challenges affecting girls in their education and social activities such as sports.

 Awut Deng Acuil, Ministry of General Education and Instruction Minister, applauded FIFA for coming up with the initiative that can address challenges facing girls.

According to Minister Acuil, the initiative would be helpful to girls across the nation, saying it will greatly impact girls’ performance in schools and in social life activities like sports.

South Sudan Football Association President Gen. Augustino Maduot also reiterated the willingness of SSFA leadership to ensure that the project is implemented in order to benefit the girls.

As the country is undergoing a recovery phase from the civil war, Maduot said that an inclusive effort is needed to rebuild the country.

“Girls are less privileged to enjoy social activities like sports. Therefore, much effort is needed to create a conducive environment for them [girls] to actively participate in sports.” 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr Albino Bol, welcomed the initiative and appreciated FIFA for standing with the people of South Sudan. He assured the delegation of the government’s collaboration to make the initiative a success. 

The project is the first of its kind to be initiated by FIFA and South Sudan will be the first beneficiary to benefit from it.