Yei embarks on sports development amidst numerous obstacles

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Yei River County Football Association has intensified efforts to develop the talents of upcoming players in sports through initiating competitions amidst few playing grounds and support.

Yei River County Football Association has intensified efforts to develop the talents of upcoming players in sports through initiating competitions amidst few playing grounds and support.

Not to be left behind are ladies who are expected to participate in the mayor’s cup football competition in Yei on Sunday, January 27th this year.

This is the first time for this to happen since the nation attained its independence, according to Ruman Joseph, an organizing committee official for the upcoming competition.

He says the competition seeks to encourage ladies to play football and develop their talents and to represent the county and the nation in other international competitions.

“We as football association, we need them to play football,” Ruman says, adding that identifying the talented ones should be a priority.

He said the purpose of having the competition was the need to identify more players and the best, who can represent the county in other competitions.

Six football clubs, Yei Central, Rambo, Fly Sports, Peace Club, Black 04, and City Stars, have registered for the upcoming ladies’ competition.

And as part of the upcoming competitions, a number of friendly matches have been planned on a daily basis at Yei freedom square and elsewhere, aimed at attracting more ladies and clubs to register for the competitions.

Despite the six registered teams, Ruman says, more teams are needed to meet the target figure of ten, even though the competition will kick off even though the target is not met.

“The door is still open for those clubs having ladies to join us,” he said.

Yei football association head, John James says the association plans to introduce local premier league for ladies, adding that three football teams, Yei Central, Rambo and Dar-es-Salam were active in sports competition.

He decried the lack of support from development partners and lack of consideration of sports in area demarcation in terms of football grounds.

“Children play on roads where cars, motor cycles and bicycles move, which is not good. One thing affecting sports progress in Yei is lack of enough support,” he said.

He attributes limited development of sports activities in the county to lack of support from development partners and the community at large.

He urged the municipal authority and landlords to give sports development priority in land demarcation and to desist from using the whole land for building houses.

Mahad football club player Samuel Sebit Emmanuel says his playing boots wear out fast when he plays on the rough playing ground of Yei freedom square.

“After playing for ninety minutes, or just for some days, the playing shoes finish and I need to get another,” he says.

The presence of few playing grounds compels many people to clean plots which are not in use in order to keep developing their talents, Samuel explains.

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