South Sudan vs. Sudan match symbolizes peace: offficial

South Sudan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against neighboring Sudan will serve as a beacon of hope and peace for the region, according to an official.

Tut Gatluak, a security advisor to President Salva Kiir, highlighted this sentiment during his inspection of Juba National Stadium ahead of the match scheduled for June 11.

Gatluak emphasized the symbolic significance of the match, comparing it to the joy of children playing, which signifies peace and hope. He noted that the ongoing conflict in Sudan has impacted all aspects of life, including sports, and this match represents a commitment to peace and stability.

As part of the preparations for the World Cup qualifier, Gatluak announced financial incentives for the South Sudan team, promising each player $1,000 and an additional $10,000 for a win.

South Sudan’s Bright Stars have played three matches in the fourth round, drawing 0-0 against Mauritania, 1-1 against Togo, and losing 4-0 to Senegal. Gatluak mentioned that President Kiir sent him to boost the team’s morale and inaugurate the newly completed national stadium, which had stalled for three years due to funding issues. FIFA contributed $5 million to complete the stadium.

The new stadium will host matches between Sudan and South Sudan, who are in Group B of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers along with Senegal, Togo, and Mauritania. Currently, South Sudan is fifth in the group, while Sudan is second with seven points.

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