By Morris Rawal
South Sudan’s youth teams might be in for a letdown in the upcoming under-17 and under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, which will take place early in 2019.
Despite the fact that the championships are just two months away, it has been discovered that the two teams that have booked their spots at the continental showpieces for the first time have not yet reported to camp.
The main issue is a shortage of funding, which has compelled the federation to make an impassioned plea to well-wishers and the government to intervene and make things right.
“We were supposed to start the preparations in December, but we could not do so in time due to a lack of resources,” South Sudan Football Association president Augustino Maduot said.
While Madut acknowledged that South Sudan is anticipating her double debut at the junior competitions, she also noted that the team’s preparations have been hampered by a lack of funding.
He is now requesting aid from the public and commercial sectors for these gifted youngsters, who he feels are ready for the events.
At the end of their preparations, if all goes according to plan, the two sides will play a few warm-up games against other elite teams on the continent.
Egypt will host the eight-team Under-20 Championship from February 18 to March 12. The Under-17 will take place between April 8 and April 30, 2023, in the Algerian towns of Oran and Blida.