FIFA gives $1M to South Sudan football federation

BY foxsports • September 26, 2012

FIFA is to give $1 million to the South Sudan football federation to help its newest member build a headquarters in capital city Juba.

South Sudan was accepted as the 209th FIFA member in May and played its first recognized international match several weeks later, drawing 2-2 with visiting Uganda to be currently ranked No. 197th.

FIFA says its development committee has granted $500,000 from Goal Project funds to build offices and a playing surface in Juba.

South Sudan will receive an additional $500,000 from a fund targeting poorer members to help with ''laying solid foundations for the new organization.''

South Sudan became officially independent from Sudan in July 2011.