South Sudanese stars abroad promise to make the country proud

Martin Dominic dribbles against top table leaders Siheung City FC defenders. He has scored four goals and an assist for Kuyang FC in eight games so far.

By David Mono Danga

Martin Dominic is one of the three South Sudanese Bright Stars attending football training in South Korea under the sponsorship of the Korea Mission. In an interview with The Juba Monitor online, the nineteen year-old star promised to revitalize football in the country. He said he and his colleagues have a positive mindset and hope that will enable them succeed in South Korea and make South Sudan proud. “I hope we shall succeed here (in South Korea) and make the citizens of South Sudan and the whole country proud in the future,” said the Kuyang FC top scorer.

“I have that mind of being successful and there is no doubt that, my colleague Emmanuel Mark thinks the same as well.” He added.

However, Martin sought the prayers and support of the citizens all the time. Both Martin and Mark play for South Korean sides, Kuyang FC in the third class league.

Kuyang FC are placed in the eighth position in the league with a couple of points (8 points) behind table leaders, Siheung City FC whom they had beaten last week by one goal to nil. Martin scored the only goal, which he referred to as his wonderful goal of the season.

The team has picked up of recent, winning twice and losing once in their last three fixtures.

Martin Dominic alongside his colleague Emmanuel Mark, were both scouted last year from South Sudan’s football academy, The Young Star Academy. Both are beneficiaries of the South Korean Mission in South Sudan, training sponsorship to promote football in the country.

The Korean Coach in the country Mr. Lim Hung had said that the Korea Mission would always stand and support the country’s football governing body, SSFA (South Sudan Football Association).

He said without overcoming the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan, South Sudan will not progress in regional tournaments or any other international competitions. This is why The Korea Mission has taken the initiative to build the capacity of some of the players to meet the required standards, he added.

“South Sudan needs to catch up with her regional counterparts by giving the young players basic training skills by Investing time and money to the younger players of below fifteen and eighteen years. This will enable South Sudan to overpower the neighboring countries in the next five years,” Coach Lim added.

Bright Stars Martin Dominic and midfielder Emmanuel Mark (R) both feature for Kuyang FC in South Korea.

Kuyang FC lineup


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