“Sport is the only tool left to unite people in South Sudan,” Lat Tungwar Kueiguong, the co-founder of the Upper Nile academy, told Tifo. “It is the only way to get back to normal and bring everlasting peace in the country.September 25, 2019
For the last five years, South Sudan has been ravaged by a brutal civil war. It has left thousands dead and millions displaced, many of whom have fled to neighbouring Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
For those who remain, there is constant fear of conflict, of being caught up in the fighting between the many opposing factions.
For young people, life is hard: there are very few job prospects and many children have been separated from their families, left to fend for themselves.
That is where the Upper Nile football academy comes in, set up in 2016 to provide a place for displaced youths, and to offer some hope, some direction for those in a seemingly hopeless situation.