Atlabara Football Club Beats Al Merreikh 4 - 0

Atlabara Football Club has beaten Al Merreikh of Juba 4 goals to nil in the Governor’s finals cup in Juba Stadium.

Atlabara Football Club Beats Al Merreikh 4 - 0
Atlabara Football Club players hoist their won trophy with jubilation [©Gurtong]

By Juma John Stephen
JUBA, March 02-2012 [Gurtong]

Atlabara’s team captain Zakaria Mohammed received the trophy in pomp and glamour in honour of their late striker Mr. Moses Tela.

Strikes from Sayama Ahmed opened the scores after a superb cross from Jersya. Thomas Batista took up a free kick before scoring in the extra time of the first half.

Patrice Elba Pato came from the bench to seal the victory for the men in Blue with a double strike diminishing any hope for a comeback from Al Merreikh.

Atlabara's goalkeeper Mr. Gecko denied Al Merreikh four attempts on target while pulling an outstanding performance in the second half.

The reaction of Atlabara coach, Bilal Felix revealed the secret of wining the match “I used counterattacking techniques” before adding that “first of all am sorry that we lost one of our strikers, but the players focused on the game.”

Atlabara striker Moses Tela Jackson died on 27th February 2012 afternoon following a serious accident while returning from a night club in Bros at 2:00 am. He was with his girlfriend on the motorbike when they crashed into a car. The girl died on the spot after bottles of the beer she was carrying cut her seriously. The player died later on Monday and was transported to his home in Koboko District of Uganda for burial.

During the match Atlabara players wore shirts with his name and jersey number in memory of the late player. The coach said the trophy is dedicated to the talented striker the late Moses Tela.

“The players vowed before the game that they would win this game and dedicate it to their late teammate,” said Felix.

Atlabara’s Thomas Batista emerged the best player in the match. He received unknown amount of cash yet to be confirmed.  
Al Merreikh Coach, Michael Arkangelo admitted that his players could not concentrate on the match.

“Looking at the match from both sides all played well but Atlabara has done better. I appreciate the work coach Bilal Felix has done with his team. I would like other coaches including me to do the same and raise the level of football in this nation,” Arkangelo added.

“The stadium was full of thousands of fans who came to watch the game. The high number of attendance means a lot with regards to sports here in South Sudan particularly football,” he continued.  

The Deputy Governor of Central Equatoria State, Manasseh Lomole Waya who was the chief guest said that the State government has promised to secure land for the building of a new national stadium in Juba.

The match referee was Mr. Gasem Abdalla Suliman.

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