South Sudan’s first-ever women’s league kick off

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The South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) have officially launched the first-ever South Sudan Women’s National Football League on Saturday, 20 February 2021.

The Women’s Football League involves eight clubs, which represents various regions of South Sudan.

This comes after SSFA launched their women’s football strategy late last year and one of the key strategic goals was the creation of a Women’s Football League.

“The women’s league will create a pathway for players to be selected for the senior women’s national team, the women’s league will also make scouting of players easy and make the selection process of the best players easy,” Jean Sseninde, SSFA Women’s Football Consultant and Caf Women’s Football Committee member, told FIFA.com.

“The women’s league is going to boost the increase of a number of women/girls playing football in the country at all levels including the national league, grassroots tournaments, schools and communities in line with one of our key strategic goal to increase the number of women playing football. This will be the first time players will be competing competitively so it is really exciting.”

The South Sudan National Senior Women’s team captain Amy Lasu says this is the historical moment they have been waiting for quite some time, not only for women’s football but also for the country.

“It’s the first time this is happening so the mood is great, and it’s a big deal for all the women in this country as it has never happened before. I’m mostly looking forward to playing other teams and see how good they are because I’ve never been able to play with other teams except for the ones in Juba,” Lasu told the media.

Just about two weeks ago, the association announced the appointment of Shilene Booysen as the new South Sudan women’s national football team head coach on a two-year deal. This is one of the SSFA strategic plans as women’s football is concerned.

Full South Sudan Women’s National League matchday 1 results:

1) Juba Super Stars 2-0 Aweil Women

2) Yei Join Stars 3-0 Yambio Women

3) Torit Women FC 8-0 Wau Women

4) Kwajok Women 0-1 Bentiu United FC

RELATED STORY: South Sudan appoint Shilene Booysen as new head coach

By FARPost Reporter

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