South Sudan Football Association Women’s Football Consultant, Jean Sseninde has tipped new coach Shilene Booysen to succeed in her role.
South Sudan FA has confirmed the appointment of Shilene as the new Senior Women’s National team head coach on a two-year deal until 2023.
“Shilene has plenty of international experience having worked in the National Women’s Soccer League as an Assistant Coach to Vera Pauw with the Houston Dash and also with the South Africa Senior women’s national team as a Tactical Assistant Coach to Desiree Ellis,” Sseninde is quoted by the country’s FA.
“She has worked in high pressure games in the FIFA Women’s World Cup and we fully believe her experiences, authenticity, commitment and understanding of our vision as SSFA will help us build a team that will challenge for regional and continental titles in the near future.”
Shilene was the Video Analyst for South Africa Women’s National team.
The development is the latest step taken by the South Sudan FA to uplift Women football in the country.
South Sudan FA President Francis Amin says that they want to give their women team full time training so that they can compete at a high level.
On her new role, Shilene has said: “When I saw what South Sudan was doing in terms of women’s football and the strategy that the SSFA has put in place, and what they have done since putting it in place, everything that they have done made me excited and since then I have always wanted to be a part of something like this.”
“This is exactly where I want to be, this is exactly what I want to do, and I want to be a part of something bigger and for me South Sudan football and the Federation plans represents something bigger.”
Ten years ago, South Sudan gained independence before becoming a FIFA’s 209th member association.
In 2019, the women’s national team played its first international game during the CECAFA championship.
Last year in December, they launched a four-year strategic plan for the women football.