Wednesday Jan 18, 2017. 17:00
President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), Chabur Goc Alei has said there is now normalcy in the operations of the sport in the country.
Speaking to Africanfootball.com at the Port Gentil International Airport on Tuesday night, Chabur said after intervention by FIFA late last month, the people of South Sudan have worked hard as a family to try and resolve their internal problems.
“We are now operating better than before," said Alei.
Last December the world football governing body, SSFA had to be careful on how they handled the suspension of Alei.
Fatma Samoura, the FIFA Secretary General in her letter dated December 9 asked the SSFA to allow Alei to respond to the allegations against him and to be heard by the members of the Board of Directors of SSFA.
In November the South Sudan FA’s board of directors suspended Alei because of alleged financial impropriety. This happened after an emergency extraordinary meeting where Alei was accused of diverting US$400,000 to his personal account among other things.
But Alei said on Tuesday that after several meetings with all relevant authorities, including the Minister of Sports, affairs of football are now running better as they await elections.
“We need to work hard to develop football in our country because we are very new to the international scene and only became members of CAF and FIFA few years ago,” concluded Alei.
By Andrew Jackson Oryada