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August 2, 2012 (JUBA)- South Sudan on Thursday said it planned to build its first ever modern football stadium in the Lakes state capital, Rumbek.

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South Sudan football team play Tusker in Juba, July 2011 (AP)

The government made the pledge during an official function marking the opening of the first intra-schools competition which started in Rumbek on Thursday. The event, which drew school teams from across the nation, was attended by government officials who highlighted South Sudan’s interest in joining the world of international sport.

South Sudan was admitted to the Confederation of African Football in February and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) in May. Most recently the team drew 2-2 against Uganda in a match held in Juba in May.

“We will build the first modern football stadium here; the minister of youth and sports is determined to do it. The government is determined to build it”, vice president Riek Machar said at the event.

He also commended the success of the South Sudanese army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) whose volleyball team which won a trophy in an East African tournament.

He said that the South Sudanese people “have the potential” for sporting success, suggesting it could be because “we have the tallest people” or due to generations of people herding cattle. He acknowledged that additional training and investment would be required.

Physical education teachers and stadiums would be required for sporting progress to be made, explained Machar.

Since refusing to run for Sudan, marathon runner Guor Marial will run at the London Olympics without the flag of his nation, as South Sudan is yet to establish the prerequisite National Olympic Committee.

South Sudanese Lopez Lomong will run the Olympic 5,000m for the United States, where he sought asylum in 2007.

Western Bahr el Ghazal state minister of youth and sports, Anyar Anyar, on Thursday told Sudan Tribune that sport has the potential to dissuade people from tribalism and to promote peace and unity.

Machar also announced that the second anniversary celebrations of South Sudan’s independence would be celebrated in Lakes state.

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  • 3 August 2012 06:51, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Even if Riak Machar build roads with tarmac, modern football stadium in the Lakes state capital, Rumbek, nobody will support him, his common visits to Rumbek is for two to three senior cabinets , not entire governments of lake state leave aside populations, butcher of 19991 will not get any supports

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    • 3 August 2012 07:38, by allan

      TO Omonij u need to stop divided dinka that shit u still talk wasnt real so shut up and tell us something else and to another gay guy name alfredo u need to leave Riak machar alone
      ur mom and dad didnt tell u how to respect grow up people .dont be stupid s sudan is moving forword not backword dont be like those stupid ass people kurneyel who talk shit abt his own country

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    • 3 August 2012 07:53, by Akook

      Alfredo, stop your stupid nonsense about Rumbek people, Riek is a Southerner with full rights to enjoy political support from his Rumbek people and wait, now he gets it.

      Your nonsense Bor massacre isn’t even considered nowadays by Bor themselves. how long do u think we Agaar Community will continue ass-licking Buor for eternity!!

      2ndly what has Kiir done so far to Rumbek? Answer is nothing

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      • 3 August 2012 08:03, by Kaang

        Akook,

        What a shameful talk from an adult like you.
        Was any time that you Agaar community had been licking Buor asses? How shameful it is to had once licked someone’s ass.
        As for Bor massacre, it is not a nonsense you Dg, it is a reality that we brought you this independence.

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        • 3 August 2012 14:31, by Akook

          Kaang..,

          It’s ironic and absurd at best how you pple claimed to have brought something to others who in real sense have done alot more than those who were simply defeated, debased and scattered into E African Refugee camps.

          You are mad tribalist, dividing even Dinkas themselves into your so called Dinka Bhar el Ghazal and Dinka Buor.

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  • 3 August 2012 08:40, by darlington

    Am not supprissed to see very big guys like you insulting each other coz i know we still have like 50 years to improve, go ahead an abuse yourselves instead of talking stuffs that can take us ahead and stop mentioning tribes here..

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  • 3 August 2012 08:53, by Wiyual

    I am really proud of Mr. Guor Marial for refusing to compete using Sudan flag. Bravo, pal!

    We have divorced for good with gang regime of Khartoum. South Sudan will join Olympic world very soon where u can use your mother flag of S. Sudan .

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  • 3 August 2012 13:25, by taban richard

    Congs. the GoSS. This is Good news,we shall not again miss Like last time.
    but i would also like to remind the government to see the standard of Our Education mostly in the area of Health,Up to now medical students since 2011, have not resume their studies.How will the Gov. of South Sudan be after 5 years? brain drain medical personal from other countries in high price? do Some thing.

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    • 3 August 2012 13:39, by Lokorai

      You boy,

      There is time for everything and everyone. Not every year Machar, Machar; other leaders are coming. Junub can’t hostage to Machar or always Dinka.

      The two have messed up and are retire together soon. If one is above 65 yrs forget about anything, senile and what have you stepped in.

      Lokorai

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