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SSFA to inaugurate Juba stadium in June

Authors: Victoria George | Elshiek Chol | Published: Sunday, March 17, 2024

FIFA delegation on Friday, 15, 03, 2024 inspected Juba Stadium|Photo|Courtesy

The South Sudan Football Federation says it is working closely with concern stakeholders to fix the date for the inauguration of Juba stadium before mid-this year.

The construction of the FIFA Funded project that cost 5 million USD  began in 2019 and was supposed to be completed within 8 months – but this has delayed for a nearly five-years.

The process was marred with dispute between SSFA and JLFL over ownership of the playground, corruption allegation, and financial constraints to install certain feature within the premises.

At the weekend, a high-level delegation from FIFA, led by FIFA Director for Africa Members Associations, Gelson Fernandes, along with Davis Ndayisenga , head of the Kigali regional office, Silmara Sousa, overseeing English-speaking countries in Africa, and Abigail Haile michael from the Kigali regional office jetted into the country for final inspection of the facility.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Victor Lawrence Lual,  the Secretary General of South Sudan Association said the major work at the stadium is done as the constructing company is finalizing the installation of some smaller equipment and doing some minor corrections.

According to Lual, FIFA wants to see this project completed before June

“Basically, they come to see the work at Juba stadium because the construction has taken long. Its FIFA’s project, and FIFA is making sure that the stadium is opened before June this year.

Mr. Lual said “most of the work in the stadium are in the last stages, and small corrections’ are due to be finalized.”

He added that the SSFA is working closely with the relevant stakeholders to fix the date for the inauguration hopefully in June this year.

“Probably in June because everything is set waiting confirming the fie date from the construction company and relevant stakeholders.”

On his part,  FIFA Director for Africa Members Associations Gelson Fernandes commended the government’s efforts and assured world football governing body commitment to supporting SSFA pledging to ensure the stadium’s opening before June of this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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