South Sudan – Women Football: Yei On the Brink of History?
The maiden women’s football league ongoing in South Sudan is taking shape as we narrow down to the last playing days. Football, they say is a game of surprises, though the surprises are usually hard to take.
It is the case with this history-making inter-state league that is revalorizing, empowering and changing the fates of many women and girls.
Yei Joint Stars, the representative team of the State southwest of the country, have appeared from nowhere, and are in pole position to clinch the coveted title. They are topping the table with 21 points with only four matchdays remaining.
On matchday ten, played on Saturday 1 May, 2021, Yei rose to the occasion at home, defeating title contenders Bentiu two-nil, to reaffirm their trophy credentials. After the top-of-the-table clash, Yei Stars retained the top spot with a four-point gap over Torit challengers.
Torit Women moved up after holding early favourites Juba Super Stars to a one-all draw.
The captain of the Juba side, Amy Lasu, and her team mates failed to put a stop to a costly victory drought. The team from the political capital suddenly collapsed from the top after the league’s administration docked six points for breaching player eligibility rules. Juba Stars have astonishingly slumped to the fifth position with 12 points, and will be needing a miracle in the days ahead to steer the tides to their favour.
Matchday ten also confirmed that Aweil Women are title contenders not pretenders. They picked all three points after edging Wau one-nil. Fourth with 15 points, coach Moses Zacharia Ngor’s side also have their eyes set on the silverware.
With a four-nil win over bottom side Kuajok, Yambio Ladies increased their chances of finishing high.
The eight-team league was launched on the 20 of February 2021, as part of the country’s football body’s project dubbed Stars Unite. The aim is to build an inclusive and sustainable future for women and girls.
Who will win the historic women’s league of South Sudan? The answer is blowing in the wind.