The Salaam Allekum football tournament picks a new zeal

By David Mono Danga

The Salaam Allekum Youth Festival 2017 has taken a new twist and zeal as the favorable teams are knocked out of the group stage. Jebel Souk Youths FC, one of the most organized teams, was knocked out of the tournament by Juba University Youths on Sunday.

In Group A, the Juba University team beat Jebel Souk Youths by one goal to nil, meaning the Jebel Souk is the first team to quit the group stages of the Community Youth Champions League tournament which kicked off on Monday last week. The Jebel boys were too frustrated with the results that they kept on blaming themselves for the defeat. One of their key players, Tualb Vanmol removed his uniform and walked out of the pitch due to frustration.

In Group C, the Primary School boys, who lost their first game to the 777 Police team, came without moral for their match against the Bar Youths but surprisingly they trashed the Bar Youths 3-1. Now the Primary School boys are back in the competition and if they beat Customs Youths in their next match, they will proceed to the quarter finals. Meanwhile, the 777 Police team were held to one all draw by the Custom Youths. They are still on top of their group table with four points.

The Uganda Community bounced back from the defeat in their first game to beat Hai Cinema Volcano Youths in a tight 3-2 win. Uganda Community’s striker, Patrick Lwayendo fired a long range shot to put Uganda ahead. Abass Kategere tapped in another ball to make it 2-0. Cinema Volcano’s Clinton Paul headed in a consolation goal from Emmanuel Bidal’s corner kick. Steven Bidal leveled the score for the Cinema Volcano Youths when he equalized to make it 2-2. Unfortunately, substitute, Kalanzi Ivan scored a powerful header from a corner kick to seal the win. The game ended 3-2 in favour of the Uganda Community. In the other game of the Group C, Super Green Youths lost to Mahaad Youths by a goal to nil. These results makes Group C open since all the teams are tied on three points each.

In Group D, the group of death, Nyakuron Cultural Centre, who were also favorites to win the tournament lost yet again, this time they lost to the group leaders, Wad Al Neel youths by just a goal to nil. After the game, Nyakuron team players held a long meeting to address whatever they thought was the cause of their defeat. Technically, the Nyakuron team would be the second team to leave the tournament after Jebel Souk Youths, but they still stand a chance since the Muslim Community and the Eritrea Community teams are also tied on three points a piece. Having zero points, Nyakuron will have to play hard to win their last game of the group stage against the Muslim Community, while, praying and hoping that Wad Al Neel Youths beats the Eritrea Community Youths team.

Top Scorers

  1. Bol Arop – Wad Al Neel FC – 2 goals
  2. Senay – Eritrea Community – 2 goals
  3. Emmanuel Abdallah – Juba University – 2 goals
  4. Chris Wani – Nile Stars – 1
  5. Peter Nyang – Juba University – 1

Juba University’s Emmanuel Abdallah taking a free kick against the Jebel Souk Youth team



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