Sudan approves women’s football league

History was made in Sudan with the first match of the brand new women’s football league being played in Khartoum Stadium – with chants of “civilian rule” from the crowd.

It was a sight that would have been virtually unimaginable under the rule of former President Omar al-Bashir – after the country adopted Islamic law in 1983.

Mr Bashir’s 30-year rule ended in April following months of mass protests. The country is now governed by a coalition of civilian and military leaders.

Mervat Hussein, the head of women’s football at the Sudanese football association, who attended Monday’s historic match, told the News agency that it was a “real opportunity”.

“Many players [have been] waiting for this moment and it’s a real opportunity to play football at last,” she said.


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