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South Sudan prepares for East African sports competitions


By James Gatdet Dak

August 4, 2009 (JUBA) – A football tournament involving teams from all the ten states of Southern Sudan kicked off on Tuesday in the semi-autonomous region’s capital, Juba.

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A team of young girls football players parading at Juba Football Stadium shortly before the matches began, August 4, 2009, (photo by James G. Dak –ST)

The participants comprising boys and girls teams were drawn from various secondary schools in the region.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Job Dhuruai, said the final winning team would represent Southern Sudan in the East African secondary school sports competitions due to start at the end of this month in Uganda.

The four-day competitions from 4th to 8th August were opened by the Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who lit the torch, marking the beginning of the tournament.

It will be for the first time that Southern Sudan participates in the Kampala tournament that will witness participation of many countries in East Africa.

Another tournament for teenaged boys and girls under 17 years old, where about 14 African countries will participate, is also expected to begin on 19th August in Juba.

Sudan’s national capital, Khartoum and Wad Medani town in Northern Sudan are also selected to host a number of teams’ competitions.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Gabriel Changson Chang, has requested for an amount of 400,000 Sudanese pounds, which the cabinet has approved, to make necessary preparations for the Juba tournament.

Government of Southern Sudan has embarked on developing and promoting sports and cultural activities which it views as sectors of potential excellence for the region internationally.


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  • 5 August 2009 03:52, by kuminyandi

    Hi James,

    It’s a good way to start with juniors at this stage of our newly found country. Kudos to Minister of Education.

    Hey James! why Sudantribune never updated its sports section for quite awhile now? The editors may need to hire a full time sports writer to update us daily(online) about the sports news in Southern Sudan. You may need to suggest that to them.



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    • 5 August 2009 05:31, by Peter Nhiany

      Hello James. South Sudan needs to reveal itself in many ways to prove it to the rest of Eastern African countries that we are able. I would sponsor sport activities if I were a millioniare. Good things will to us in God’s willing. I do encourage the organizers and those who are funding the project to keep up with good work to strengthen our sport programs at all level. My thumbs up. May God always bless South Sudan.

      And thanks.

      Peter Nhiany.

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      • 6 August 2009 02:02, by abel sabit

        This is what we want in south sudan to see our young ladies playing soccer. Its really a great job for whoever created this idea i would like to thanks him/her so much for good work. I’ll be the big fan of this team and iam really happy to see my sister playing in this team..anyway thankz god bless southern sudan.

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      • 2 November 2012 15:27, by chakoridas

        This subject has interested me for quite some time. I have just started researching it on the Internet and found your post to be informative. Thanks
        Julius Wagner

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  • 5 August 2009 05:31, by Akol Liai Mager

    New Sudan’s Vision has correctly put Sudan in right transitional processes to regain her position amongst her African sisters countries after being hijacked by Northen famlies and religion sectarian regimes for centuries.

    Sport is one of the most important key factors that reveal a true identification of nations. This development is urgently requiring a new national Anthem and goal is now in net of national songs composers.

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    • 6 August 2009 11:56, by Gabriel Green

      That is all read in term of social developement but then there is a need to consider all the best players from all over the country than to make it dull which may cause the inquiry of loosing rather than achieving the goal like what happened last year when we went for the same tourment in Ruwanda People did not make it perfect and that was what forced us to lost
      By me

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  • 5 August 2009 15:19, by Man of facts

    Hi James!!!!
    Good move.

    We are more interested with such updates which promote
    peace and unity to our growing nation south sudan.

    I appreciated the line minister of education and wish all goss should do this kind of development rather than looting public resources and instigate war inside thier communities


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  • 6 August 2009 01:17, by Lok T Simon

    thank you minister of education, science Technology professor Job Dhurai and the Minister of culture, Youth and sport mr Chaneson Chang for your high effort to develop the mind of young generation who had really suffered a long way without execising their talents in education and sport as well in Southern Sudan during 21 years war. I hope "GOSS" will give you all the resources for education support and as well sport and culture support for betterment of development of coming Young generation of Southern Sudan.
    my thank also goes to the East African sport federation for their sport engeagement with Sothern Sudan sport department.I hope that we have got enough talent of various sport and culture in Sothern Sudan and I wish southern Sudanese of young boys and young girls teams who are going to participate in east African tournament in Uganda in this month will win for us that tournament events.
    Lok T. Simon.

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    • 3 December 2009 02:58, by john king mense

      My thanks goes to the minister of education and sport, this is the way moving forward. If we can think of this an important things we ahave to advance instead of encouraging tribal line and sectionalism that would lead us no where. It is good to bring all the young girls and young boys togther to united themselves without interfere of other people who can creat problems. If we united ourselves there is no way of arabs get advantages to us.God bless junub sudan

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