CECAFA: Bright Starlets for second phrase training

CECAFA: Bright Starlets for second phrase training
The South Sudan Senior Women’s Team train ahead of the upcoming CECAFA Championship, which is set to kick-off next month in Uganda. [Photo: Isaac Buay]

The South Sudan Women’s Senior National Team has begun its second phase of preparations for the Conference of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) as the competition gets near.

The Bright starlets will start their CECAFA Senior Women’s Championship on May 22 and end it on June 5 in Uganda.

This is the players’ second camp training session in Juba after the first one, which was held last month with around 29 players in attendance.

Augustino Maduot, President of the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA), encouraged the ladies to take the training seriously to gain fitness and be ready for competitions.

“This training is not something you should take as a minor; it is something that can make you understand each other. So keep it up and we hope it will strengthen you and prepare you for the next games, “Gen. Maduot emphasised.

He reaffirmed SSFA’s support for the training camp, stating that the goal is to develop a strong team for the upcoming CECAFA competition.

Meanwhile, national team captain Emy Lasu praised the federation’s efforts to provide sufficient training for the squad before international events.

According to Lasu, training the national team for large events like this is difficult work while acknowledging the SSFA’s efforts in helping the national squad’s progress.

“They said that the earlier you start; the better. I’m hoping that this training will assist us in better understanding our respective playing styles, which our coach is attempting to develop.

“But most importantly, we the players must be devoted since that is the only way we can succeed, “he stressed.

Shirlene Booysen, the Bright Starlets’ head coach, told The City Review last month that the early training was meant to check the players’ health and readiness for the next CECAFA.

Some of them play in leagues, while others do not, according to Booysen.

She believes that early preparations would provide the team with a better understanding of how to adjust to each other’s playing styles.

“We want to give players as much time as possible to prepare because we have not been informed that CECAFA would take place in May.”

The Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations is an association of football-playing nations, mostly in East Africa and a bit of Central Africa.