South Sudan launches women’s football league

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Nichola Mandil BBC News, Juba

South Sudan has for the first time organised a women’s football league.

The opening match was between Juba Stars and Aweil team in the capital Juba. It ended 2-0 in to Juba Stars.

Ugandan female footballer Jean Sseninde who is consulting for the South Sudan women’s league said this could have a big impact in a country where child marriage is common.

“Let us avoid early child marriages and avoid the early pregnancies. We want everyone to support women’s football in South Sudan because we want to be the best in Africa and in the world,” she said.

Ms Sseninde played for Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.

“My goal is to see young girls in South Sudan or in Africa to reach the highest level and to believe in themselves that they can be professionals and that it is not the matter of being at home – cooking food and doing the jobs that people think women do,” Ms Sseninde said.