A competition to identify players who will make the first ever women football team to represent the contested region of Abyei in South Sudan or outside kicked off with Young Star FC taking Agok FC on Sunday.
The match ended in a goalless draw on Juol-jok playground. Besides, two other teams – All Star FC and Mabony city are taking part in the race that will last till 20 May.
Deng Aguek who leads the committee organizing the competition says the aim of tournament is to encourage girls to participate in football.
“We started Abyei women football competitions with participation of four teams, our objective is to participate in women’s tournament in Kuajok, Wau, and juba. We begin matches around 4 to 5:30 in the evening so that they will be at home early,” Deng said.
In Abyei Administrative Area and in some parts of South Sudan, many people still consider football to be men’s or boys’ sports. However, The Secretary General of Abyei Local Football Association, Deng Adok said they will support women football with sports materials like uninforms and balls.
In a related development, the sectary general of Abyei City Football club, says his team is fully prepared for South Sudan football national competitions that are beginning in Rumbek, Lakes State this week.
“My message to players is that we have trust in them. Let them not be discouraged by any defeat because the ball is round. They must play with seriousness. Like that, we will be able to achieve the intended win,” Deng Meleek Ajuet said Monday in an interview with Abyei FM.
Abyei City players and some club officials will leave the area to Rumbek on Tuesday. The local champions will face Yirol United FC on 10th May in group A.
The club qualified to represent Abyei at a national level after emerging the local champion a few months ago.
In the on-going Chief Administrator’s, tournament, Abyei City beat Al-Mariekh with 5 goals to nil in Abyei Town in the opening match on Friday. In the rest of the weekend’s games, Tajalei FC beat Ngok FC by 3 goals to 2 goals.