Al-Salam Crowned Champions Of South Sudan Club Champions League

Al-Salam football club of Wau have been crowned the Champions of South Sudan Club Champions League 2017 after defeating Kator Football Club of Juba 2-1 in a hotly contested entertaining match in front of thousands of Al-Salam fans in Wau on Sunday.

 Al-Salam Crowned Champions Of South Sudan Club Champions League
Al-Salam Wau in Juba Stadium after winning the South Sudan Cup in September [Gurtong file Photo]

By Jale Richard

WAU, 27 November 2017 [Gurtong]-
Al-Salam had to come from behind in front of their fans to overcome a well-organized Kator FC who took the lead in the first half through Lomoro Alex.

However, Kator could not contain the pressure from Al-Salam who forced a penalty in the first half.
Al-Salam equalized through a penalty when Kator FC’s Habibu handled the ball inside the penalty box for Salah Abubakhar to equalize. The first half ended in a draw.    

Sammy Abuhrajfai netted the win at the 73rd minute for the champions after second half substitute and team Captain Oliver Paul’s soft pass reached striker Sammy to tap in the winner.

In September, Al Salam FC of Wau also came from behind to beat Al-Hilal of Juba 5-4 in penalty shootouts in the finals of the South Sudan Championship cup played at Juba Stadium.

That time, Team Captain Oliver Paul was also introduced and helped the “Wau Nar” boys to equalize having gone two goals down. Oliver set up striker Sammy, who tapped the ball into the back of the net, just few minutes into second half, before he (Oliver) fired in a free kick to make it 2-2 and take Salam to the penalty shootouts, which they won by five goals to four.

The game was played under the theme “football for peace and unity,” to inspire people forget about the conflict and unite for peace to return in the country.

Al-Salam will represent South Sudan in the CAF Champions League next year.


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