Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, FIFA General Secretary, successfully completed a two-day visit to South Sudan.
Ms Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), has been touring the African continent, including Kenya, where she spent two days and attended the CAF Women’s Champions League CECAFA qualifiers final match.
Later, she visited South Sudan, where she viewed the freshly built Juba National Football Stadium.
Mrs. Fatma and her team arrived in Juba on Friday, September 10th, and viewed the building of the Juba National Football Stadium. She also watched a practice match for the Women’s Senior National Team.
Fatma Samoura has pledged FIFA’s assistance for women’s football in the nation.
Mrs. Fatma thanked the South Sudan Football Association for promoting women’s football in the country and confirmed that her visit is a fact-finding mission to identify the challenges affecting South Sudan Football in general and women’s football in particular, as well as to inspect the rehabilitation progress of Juba National Football Stadium.
She said that their meeting with the government was extremely productive and that the government, via its Ministry of Youth and Sports, has committed to collaborate with FIFA and the South Sudan Football Association to solve the problems impeding the country’s football growth.
She guarantees that FIFA would assist the South Sudan Football Association in developing football throughout the nation, particularly at the grassroots level.
Mrs Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women Football Officer, expressed her delight, thanking the South Sudan Football Association for advancing women’s football. She guaranteed that FIFA would work with the South Sudan Football Association to accomplish South Sudan’s women’s football objectives.
Mr Augustino Maduot, President of the South Sudan Football Association, thanked the FIFA General Secretary for her visit, saying it was important because it allowed the General Secretary to see what was going on in South Sudan about football.
He informed the group that women’s football has become a priority for the South Sudan Football Association since it has not been pushed, and he assured them that the South Sudan Football Association would continue to work hard to elevate women’s football in South Sudan.
He thanked FIFA for its assistance in growing football in the nation, particularly women’s football, and urged FIFA to maintain its assistance in developing football in the country.
To honor Mrs., a match between Team A and Team B of the Women’s Senior National Team was arranged.
The game finished 2-1 in favor of Team A, both as a result of Fatma Samoura’s visit and as a practice match for its participation in the next COSAFA Competition in South Sudan.