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No rest until sports becomes catalyst for unity-Akech

By William Madouk


National Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr Jospeh Geng Akech vowed not to rest until sport becomes a catalyst of unity and social aspiration across the country.

“We will work tirelessly to ensure that sports become a catalysis for national unity, social aspiration and economic development,” said Dr. Akech during the official inauguration of Juba National Stadium.

“As we open the door for this beautiful stadium today, we also open doors for new era sport in South Sudan,” he added.

He noted that the newly opened Juba stadium is not just a ‘beautiful structure’ but it is ‘a beckon of pride and a reminder of South Sudanese obligation and determination to build peace and unity.

“The ministry pledges to make sure that young people have access to sports facilities across the country so that we use sport to build bridges of understanding, promote peace and unity and to empower youth to become agents of positive change,” Akech continued.

Dr. Akech appealed to the head of state to support sports development across the country.

“On behalf of young people, I wish to tell you, your excellence for your unwavering commitment to supporting sports development in South Sudan,” he appealed.

“We are building sport infrastructure to promote port across different levels of our communities,” he highlighted.

He explained that his docket has laid plans to ensure young people benefit from sports facilities, although it is ambition, Dr. Akech stressed that this dream is achievable.

“Our plans for sports development, maybe ambitious but are achievable, we are starting sports programs to rectify and nurture talent among young people.”

Meanwhile, The President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), Gen. Augustino Maduot said, “This stadium represents a monumental milestone in the development of football and sports infrastructure in our beloved nation.”

He added ‘This is an indication that the advancement of football globally has paved the way for world-class facility that will serve as a vehicle of hope and inspiration for generations to come.”

According to Madout, the Juba National Stadium is not just a venue for matches it is a sacred ground where aspirations and nurtured talents are honed and dreams are realized.

“It is a symbol of our collective passion for football, our unity as a nation and our quest excellent both on and off the pitch,” he continued.


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