South Sudan to host their 2019 international matches in Uganda

South Sudan’s Football Association (SSFA) has earmarked Uganda as the emergency host for their 2019 international matches, The BBC reports.

The playing surface at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole is one of the best in the country

The South Sudanese governing body will have their Juba national Stadium undergo renovation that will take a full year to be completed, and found Uganda an ideal option.

“It is cheaper and nearer for us to play in Uganda than moving to Khartoum in Sudan,” Francis Amin, the SSFA President told BBC Sport.

“Besides, we also have several South Sudanese who stay in Uganda and can always come to cheer the teams,” Amin added.

FIFA delegates oversaw the starting of the renovations, which are being aided by a Fifa development programme.

Amin said South Sudan’s shift to Uganda for ‘home’ matches would start in March when they are scheduled to host Tunisia in a 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match which also serves as an Olympic qualifier.

He said they will also be organizing several international friendly matches in 2019 which will also take place in Kampala.

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