Salaam FC accorded heroic reception in Bor after clinching league trophy
The newly crowned winners of the 11th edition of the South Sudan National League, Salaam FC, arrived in Bor to thunderous applause from the local leaders and fans.
The Jonglei State-based club were crowned the winners of the league after seeing off fierce competition, topping the league with a seven-point gap over Bentiu’s El-Mariekh FC.
Addressing the team upon arrival, the minister for youth, culture, and sports, Mabil Makuach Dau, congratulated Salaam FC for their achievement.
Makuach said, “When you were leaving for Juba, I said, “You go and play in peace, win in peace, and come back in peace’, and now you have done it. Congratulations!”
He reiterated his commitment to supporting the team and sports, in general, to help them achieve their dreams.
“Sports in South Sudan in general and Jonglei State are a unifying factor that can help us build peace amongst ourselves,” said Makuach.
The area deputy governor, Jacob Dengdit, hailed the team for raising the name of Jonglei State.
“I would say job well done; achievements don’t come by themselves but through hard work,” said Dengdit.
“The whole Jonglei State is happy because of you, and the whole country is talking about Jonglei State. We are always number one; we are number one in the Primary Eight examination, and we are number one in secondary education,” Dengdit added.
He called on the people of Jonglei State to do their best to do great things and uplift the state.
He encouraged the citizens of Jonglei State across the country and other parts of the world to support sports.
“We will try to do anything with the little resources we have, but you, the citizens of Jonglei State, let’s make these young people proud as they made us proud in most parts of the world.
“I have moved to clubs, and they are supported by individuals, associations, and entrepreneurs.
“These kinds of people [individuals, associations, and entrepreneurs] are here within Jonglei State; we will talk to them to make sure you are supported,” Dengdit added.
According to the South Sudan Football Association, the Bor-based football club will now participate in the CAF Champions League that will soon take place.
The South Sudan League started on May 10, 2023, with over 10 teams from the three regions of the Upper Nile region, the Equatorial region, and the Bahr El Ghazel region.