Abyei City, the champion representing Abyei Administrative Area in South Sudan Football Cup arrived in Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State on Wednesday.
The team is on the way to Lakes state’s capital Rumbek where the competitions will begin on Sunday, with Holy Family FC-Rumbek taking on Mabil FC from Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
The Secretary General of Abyei City, Deng Meleek Ajuet stated that the players were “very welcomed” by Abyei community in Wau.
“We were warmly welcomed by Abyei’s community in Wau. Also, the administration of Bahr el Ghazal University gave us good hospitality. Our accommodation is well organized. Thank God all the players arrived safely, and they took their rest. All participating teams will move to Rumbek on Friday in a convoy,” Meleek told Abyei FM on Thursday.
The local champions are pitted against Yirol United that is already in Rumbek, in a match to be played on Monday next week.
This is the fourth time Abyei City is representing the area in South Sudan Football Cup tournament. In the previous tournaments, the local champions were knocked out at the regional stages of South Sudan Football Cup before making it to the national level.
Earlier this week, the club’s secretary general told Abyei FM that the players were fully prepared for the games.
On his part the Chairperson of Rumbek Local Football Association, Ater Deng Mabok says the town is prepared to receive the football visitors.
“Regarding to our preparations in terms of football ground, the preparations are 100% complete, and in very good progress. Regarding the accommodation of delegations, Rumbek University provided accommodation for all delegations, which is a good residence with 24-hour electricity and water connection. And I was just coming out from a meeting with the governor of the state and the Rumbek Center Commissioner, the one hosting the tournament to discuss having guests in state,” Ater said.
Last month, three out of six local football bodies in Bahr el Ghazal region including Abyei Local Football Association, called for the change of competition venue, citing insecurity in Rumbek.
When asked about the safety of players, Ater said: “The university administration contacted the state government to help them in providing security, as it provided housing for the delegations.”
The competitions will kick off in presence of governors of states in Bahr el Ghazal region and delegates of South Sudan Football Association from Juba.
Still on football, Abyei Super Eagle FC won against Kiir Abyei-Thony FC in their encounter in the first round of Chief Administrator’s Football Cup. The game played in Agok football field on Wednesday, ended 5 goals to 1 goal in favor of the “Supper Eagle.” Both teams will meet again in a knock-out match. Kiir Abyei-Thony needs to beat Abyei Super Eagle by at least seven goals to nil in that game in order to make it to the next round of the tournament.