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South Sudan Coach wants CECAFA Organizers to Focus on Football Development :: Uganda Radionetwork
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South Sudan Coach wants CECAFA Organizers to Focus on Football Development

Following South Sudan's 4-2 loss in penalty shootouts against Zanzibar at the ongoing CECAFA U15 boys championship held at the Njeru-based FUFA technical center, Nasir spoke to journalists. He highlighted concerns about some participating teams fielding older players, which impacted the performance of younger squads like his.
Zanzibar players face-off with South Sudan on Monday. Photo by Jale Morgan
Nasir Yousif, the head coach of South Sudan's under-15 boys team, has urged CECAFA tournament organizers to prioritize developing footballing skills among younger players instead of solely focusing on winning trophies.

Following South Sudan's 4-2 loss in penalty shootouts against Zanzibar at the ongoing CECAFA U15 boys championship held at the Njeru-based FUFA technical center, Nasir spoke to journalists. He highlighted concerns about some participating teams fielding older players, which impacted the performance of younger squads like his.

Emphasizing the importance of age-appropriate participation, Nasir praised Zanzibar for fielding equally young players, enabling fair competition. He believes that pushing older players into lower age group tournaments hampers the development of younger talents, potentially causing many to abandon their football ambitions due to unfair competition.

Nasir underscored the significance of nurturing young talents within their age categories, which can establish a consistent supply of skilled players for professional teams. This, he believes, will enhance competitiveness not only within CECAFA partner countries but also at global stages like the World Cup and Olympics.

Despite the challenges, Nasir acknowledged that the tournament has provided invaluable exposure for his team, many of whom have debuted on a regional stage. This exposure, he believes, will fuel their aspirations to pursue professional football careers as they mature.

South Sudan will compete for third place against Tanzania, while Zanzibar, under the guidance of head coach Mussa Salim, is determined to clinch the tournament title in their faceoff against Uganda.

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