FIFA gives $1M to South Sudan soccer federation


ZURICH (AP) - FIFA is to give $1 million to the South Sudan soccer 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. South Sudan is currently ranked 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.

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