Al-Hilal FC beat Al Salam FC to become Wau champions

Al-Hilal FC beat Al Salam FC to become Wau champions
Al Hilal FC players celebrate after their victory over Al Salam FC in Wau LFA-SSC final (photo credit: Courtesy)

Al-Hilal Football Club was crowned the winners of the Wau Local Football Association-South Sudan Cup after beating Al-Salaam FC 2-0 in the finals.

The match was played in front of spectators including senior state officials and officials from the South Sudan Football Federation headed by its president Gen. Augustino Madout.

Others include Stefano Cusin, the senior Bright Star men’s team head coach and senior women’s team head coach Shilene Booysen. It also included the Local FAs, Aweil LFA, Rumbek LFA and Abyei LFA and the host state local FA.

As things stand now, the Wau champions Al-Hilal fly Wau’s flag in the national competition.

Elsewhere in Aweil, Black Eagle FC emerged as the champion of the Aweil Local Football Association South Sudan Cup.

The Eagles won narrowly by 2-1 over Islah FC 2-1 on Saturday.

The two Bahr el Ghazal teams have now booked their place in the upcoming next national tournament.

The teams that have qualified for the tournament include Amarat United, Bentiu Olympic of Bentiu, Malakia of Torit, Zalan FC of Rumbek and Yambio Stars, Black Eagle United of Aweil and Al-Hilal FC of Wau.

The champions of this Location Football Association (LFA) will now wait for the other local football associations like Bor LFA, Mundri LFA, and Yei LFA to end their competitions.

All the winners of the local association are expected to represent their associations in the national competition where they will face winning clubs from other states in the national tournament.

The President of the South Sudan Football Association Gen. Augustino Maduot called on the government and private sectors to support the football activities in the country.

In two different finals he attended in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State (Aweil) and Western Bahr el Ghazal State (Wau), Gen. Maduot reiterated his SSFA administration support to youths in the area but called for support also from the communities.

“We are ready to give necessary supports to these youth boys and girls but we also need your help especially the State Government, community and partners,” he said.

“We need to join hands together to uplift football in the country to another level in the states as well as across South Sudan,” Gen Augustino said.

According to Maduot, supporting football activities from the grassroots level up top would help to promote the standard of the game in the country.

He added that it would also help in building unity among the country’s youth, adding that sports are the only tool that can create social cohesion.

Tong Akeen Ngor the Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State (NBS) reaffirmed his government commitment to working hand in hand with SSFA to improve football in the state.

“We need such activities in the state, I am assuring you that we will be working together and we want your administration to continue to support Aweil by organizing such sports activities since it is the best way to mobilize the Youth to receive messages of Peace in the State,” Governor Ngor said.

He called on players to take football as a source of living urging the players to increase efforts on pursuing talents.

Joseph Zakaria Garang, the Deputy Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal State pledged his state government support in promoting sports in the state. “We are ready to work closely with sports governing bodies to develop sports in the State.”