South Sudan appoint Shilene Booysen as new head coach

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Shilene Booysen has been appointed as the new South Sudan women’s national football team head coach on a two-year deal.

The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) confirmed the news this week.

“We are delighted to announce Shilene as the next Head Coach of the South Sudan Senior Women’s Football Team. Our vision is to be number one and having a full-time Head Coach is part of our strategic plan. We want to give women on the senior women’s national team full-time training that is monitored, and we want to see the team competing at a high level soon,” said the SSFA President Francis Amin.

Booysen previously worked as an assistant coach of Houston Dash in the American National Women’s Soccer League, Safa performance analyst and most recently as an assistant coach for the South African Senior Women’s National Team.

“When I saw what South Sudan was doing in terms of women’s football and the strategy that the SSFA has put in place, and what they have done since putting it in place, everything that they have done made me excited and since then I have always wanted to be a part of something like this,” says the former Banyana Banyana assistant coach.

“This is exactly where I want to be, this is exactly what I want to do, and I want to be a part of something bigger and for me, South Sudan football and the Federation plans represents something bigger.’’

The SSFA Women’s Football Consultant Jean Sseninde commended the appointment of Booysen and believes that she will help to build the ‘Bright Starlets’ to challenge for regional and continental titles in the near future.

“Shilene has plenty of international experience having worked in the National Women’s Soccer League as an Assistant Coach to Vera Pauw with the Houston Dash and also with the South Africa Senior women’s national team as a Tactical Assistant Coach to Desiree Ellis,” Sseninde added.

“She has worked in high-pressure games in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and we fully believe her experiences, authenticity, commitment and understanding of our vision as SSFA will help us build a team that will challenge for regional and continental titles in the near future.”

By Mauwane Raophala

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