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“We have come here to stay”. Pentecost Football Club Captain Paul Awan Has Hinted

Paul Awan (c) R, poses with the second division league trophy with team mates at Rumbek Freedom Square Courtesy Photo.

Pentacost FC attacker and captain Paul Awan has lifted the lid on the rise of Pentecost football club to the top of Rumbek football.

Pentecost FC which is fully registered in 2016 under the Rumbek Local Football Association (RLFA), none could have believed the club would rise from third division to the first division in a space of three years winning all the games in the process, and reaching the final of RLFA South Sudan Cup in 2019. 

Paul Awan poses with the second division league trophy. Courtesy Photo.

In it’s debut season in the first division, Pentacost FC exceeded all expectations by making light work of the top teams in the division, one notable example being their famous 3-2  comeback victory over Akuac United FC with nine (9) men having had two players sent off in the first half of the game. With that triumph, a warning message was sent to the rest of the teams. We have come to challenge ourselves.

That was their message, more wins came by with Ghazal United falling victim of their fast counter attacking play and by the time the league was suspended due to Covid19 pandemic, Pentecost football club was third on the league table behind Akuac United and league leaders Zalan FC.

It was not an easy ride to the top though as the team struggled in the initial stages. “We had no playing boots, jerseys and training equipment, we barely had enough money to cater for players lunch on match days. Basically the Club had no proper administration.” Awan recalled.

Awan and His Team Mate after a match at Rumbek Freedom Square

Those worries are now a thing of the past as the Sudan Pentacostal Church has now fully taken the administration of the Club, thanks to the efforts and coordination of current head coach David Khot and technical coach Teny Mayen Teny.

Looking at the impact of the league cancellation, Captain Paul Awan said “it has negatively affected our progress, we had a dream about working hard and getting ahead, but due to Covid19 that dream was not realized. We have also lost some sponsors and individuals who would have helped us financially and we also miss our fans, most of our fans are now wishing for the resumption of the league”.

The Captain added that he is hoping to pick up from where they stopped when the league resumed post Covid19 and promised that in the future they will be a force to reckon. And with the impressive job they have done so far none can bet against it.

Will the Pentacost FC’s fairytale story continue? That will be debatable…. however for now it is hard not to notice them. 

It should be noted that the national football governing body, the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) called off football activities until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.  South Sudan at the time of writing this article has on 30th June 2020 confirmed 2007 cases with 279 recoveries and 38 fatalities registered.  

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