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.