Mundri’s Nasir FC to debut in national league
For the first time in their history, Nasir FC of Mundri County has got a promotion to the national competition to play against the big boys.
This is after their 1-0 win over Nasir United FC of Maridi County, Western Equatoria State, in a mouthwatering derby.
The two Nasir teams emerged champions of their Sub-Local Football Association (S-B LFA).
However, only one sub-local FA from each state is allowed to participate in the nationwide tournament, according to the rules.
The two sub-local FAs were held in WES and were tasked with presenting one team for the national competition.
As a result, the Nasir United of Maridi and the Nasir of Mundri were made to play each other in a home and away game to break the deadlock.
Out of the two legs, the first game ended goalless, while Nasir FC Mundri prevailed in the last game, edging out Nasir United with a 1-0 victory at Gbudue Stadium.
The Mundri boys now join Yambio Stars as Western Equatoria State representatives in the national league, which is expected to be organised earlier next year in Juba.
Nasir United FC of Maridi will have to wait another year to make it to the National League but needs hard work.
Initially, Ngolawa United presented the Great Mundri counties each year, but Nasir has written a new history for presenting the Mundri in the national competition.
“Football is football. Our team, Nasir Maridi, lost to Nasir of Mundri. We accepted and appreciated our players’ efforts. It’s never too late for us Maridians. One day we shall make it. We say hello to our brothers, Nasir United,” Maridi Local Football Association wrote on their Facebook page.
Meanwhile, Ann Tunna Richard, the Western Equatoria State Minister of Roads and Bridges, hailed the players for putting smiles on the Mundri County fans.
She called on the Mundri football fans to join hands in support of the boys to boost the morale of their players.
“Come and celebrate with us. Our team, Nasir FC Mundri, won the match and qualified for Juba. You made me so proud in Yambio. Let us join our hands together and give them morale so that they get into the national tournament with high morale. Wishing you all the best. “
So far over 10 teams have already booked their place in the upcoming SSN tournament. The teams include Amarat United, Bentiu Olympic of Bentiu, Malakia of Torit, Zalan FC of Rumbek, Yambio Stars, Black Eagle United of Aweil, Al-Hilal FC of Wau, Nimule LFA, Easter FC of Yei, and Nasir FC of Mundri.
All the winners of the local associations are waiting to represent their associations in the South Sudan national competition, where they will face winning clubs from other states in the national tournament.