By: Danito Nsubuga
Businessman Francis Amin and former board member of Altabara FC was elected the new South Sudan Football Association president replacing the controversial former president Chabur Goc Alei, who was barred from defending his seat for failing to meet eligibility criteria.
Amin who was elected on a four-year term defeated his two competitors Lual Maluk and Arop Joh in an election held at Juba.
Reforms and better management of football in South Sudan are his main pledges. Amin who was elected in elections supervised by FIFA, wants to develop the game throughout the country as well as using the game to bring people together in a country scarred by massacres and killings on ethnic grounds.
Amin who spoke to the BBC said,
“My priorities include developing the administration of the game, and taking South Sudanese football to an African or even world level”
“I also vow to improve the standard of refereeing, coaching, women’s football and pitches around the country.
“I’m trying to use football as a tool to unite the people of South Sudan; football can bring them together as one”.
Amin added that,
“We have the example of the national team; when they have a match, all the people forget about their problems, they come all of them under one flag of the national team.
“I’m a businessman, actually, by profession, so I’m thinking of how to make an investment section in the football association.”
South Sudan will play Uganda on the 14th of July In the qualifiers of the CHAN competition due to take place in Kenya next year.