By Bullen Bala Alexander
Mandela Malish’s two first half goals sealed Atlabara FC win over Salam FC of Kuajok to claim the 9th South Sudan Cup on Thursday at Buluk Playground.
Atlabara took the lead midst 17minutes through midfielder Malish and he doubled an impressive 47thminutes goal in first half to putthe champions in front bytwo nil, thanks to the goal scorer Malish.
Salaam came back strongly but could not take advantage after they failed to convert a penalty in the 59th minute after Atlabara keeper brought down an attacker inside 18-yard box.
Atlabara F.C played better and enjoyed a slight lead of the control as their midfield and defenders were so solid in the game.
Atlbara boys failed to make it three nil in 75th minutes after substitute Nelson Mandela was brought down by Salam defender but the same Mandela went to miss a penalty of their own as Salaam goalkeeper made a fine save to the right.
They could have scored more goals had a fine strike from outside the box gone in, but a fine save by Salaam goalkeeper pushed it off the top right bar for a corner kick.
Atlabara boy will represent South Sudan in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Shortly after the match, Salam FC Captain ChamSultan thanked his teammates for their team work and their respect throughout the competition and also congratulated Atlabara boys for winning the competition.
However, he said that losing in the final always pains but again in the other hand it is like eye opener or wakeup call for the team to prepare and correct their mistakes.
“In football, you always expect two things to happen that is win and lose special in finals like today, if you are the winner, then you say your team is the best. But I can say we tried our best.”
“I am happy because we made it to the final for the first time, I hope next time my boys will come back stronger maybe,one can say we are not lucky but of course it is what happens with football,” Captain Sultan told Juba Monitor after the final.
He encouraged youth in the country to use sports as tool of bring people together adding that it is the only thing that can discourage young peoplefrom violence.