Last Monday was a historic day for Sudanese soccer when Khartoum Stadium, witnessed the first match of the Sudanese women club football league.
The launching match of the competition between Sudanese women football clubs, played between Al Tahadi (the Challenge) and Al Defaa (the Defense), was attended by Member of the Sovereign Council Aisha Mousa, Minister of Youth and Sports Walaa Al Boushi , Vice-Chairman of the Sudanese Football Federation Mohamed Galal, Chairwoman of the Sudanese Women’s Football Committee, Mervat Hussein besides number of members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Sudan.
The first official women soccer football league match, played before big presence of fans, reflected high standards and good play.
Inaugural Match Ended in 2-2 Draw:
Player Nidal Fadlallah opened the scoring for Al Tahdi one minute after the kick off as player Amal Abdulaziz scored a goal for Al Defaa after one minute, making the result 1-1 draw at that time. The first match in the Sudanese women football league ended in 2-2 draw, when player Rawan Ismail scored an additional goal for Al Tahadi in the 43rd. minute as player Ibtehaj Al Gazira netted the ball to score the equalizer for Al Tahdi in the 75th minute.
* Quality Media Coverage:
The opening match found quality media coverage as it was the first official match for the Sudanese women soccer league in Sudan that comes as part of FIFA’s rules. Minister of Youth and Sports Walaa Al-Boushi played the kick-off at the historic match. It is expected that women’s football in its modern form would achieve great success in the coming stage.
Minister of Youth and Sports: We will Provide Sports Infrastructure:
Minister of Youth and Sports Walaa Al Boushi, speaking after the launching of the women football league tournament, said that this day was the result of efforts by Ms. Merfit Hussein, chairwomen of the Sudanese women’s football committee, and clubs that helped teams in training and football skills, pointing out that they have been able to overcome all difficulties through determination and political and sport will, that culminated in launching of this women football league.
Al Boushi explained that women’s sports will be part of the political pillars of the state, referring to Al Tahadi team that participated and represented Sudan externally. She pledged to work for sports promotion, noting that priorities would be given to provision of the necessary infrastructure.
This is New and Successful Experience:
“The women football league is the first serious experience written to the will of the Sudanese women. It is a new and successful experience. We want to play with our world counterparts through which we present Sudanese women in a new way,” said Merfit Hussein Al-Sadiq, the Chairwoman of the Sudanese Women’s Football League in a statement to Sudan Vision.
She stressed that they aren’t against the customs and traditions and that they want to practice football in a favorable and comfortable atmosphere and affirm to the world we are coming strongly.
On her part, the manager of Al Tahadi Club, Coach Doria affirmed in a statement to Sudan Vision that the league has come as a result of the determination and will of all sectors related to women’s football, adding that any country that wants to join the ranks of the International Football Federation should have women’s team , explaining that they started in 2001, led by Michael Moses for the development of the team and they started renting stadiums and the base has grown to become more than 54 players,expressing hope that the team crosses to the countries of the world.
My Dream Came True:
Mid field player Rawan Ismail, who scored a goal for Al Tahdi club in the second half of the match said that this match is a big dream that comes true, explaining that she started playing football since at the age of 4 years.
US Looks Forward to Sports Cooperation with Sudan
The US Embassy in Khartoum expressed its aspiration for sports cooperation with Sudan in the future, referring to the launch of the first women’s football league in 30 years in Khartoum Stadium.
The US embassy said in a statement Tuesday that the event opens a new chapter for Sudan, where citizens are free and able to exercise their right to engage in the sport of their choice.
The statement pointed out that years ago the US Embassy in Khartoum sent more than 10 Sudanese women coaches, football, to the United States, to enhance their training skills and exchange ideas with their counterparts in the United States.
The statement added they look forward to re-start engagement with the Sudanese people, through sports, praising the Sudanese Minister of Youth and Sports, Walaa Al Boushi, a graduate of the US exchange program, as she represents support for youth activities and sports in Sudan.