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South Sudan Senior National Team Player Set For Trials With Swedish Club “IF Elfsborg” Next Month

Majak David Chan possessing the ball ahead of Equatorial Guinea defenders

South Sudan senior national team and Tusker FC teenage striker David Majak Chan has secured trials with Swedish Division One side IF Elfsborg.

Tusker FC chairman Dan Aduda confirmed that the striker, 20, will leave the country next month for the trials set for November 16 to December 11.

If successful, the South Sudan international will link up with Harambee Stars defender Joseph Okumu. The 23-year-old defender joined the club in August last year after successful stints with Kenyan Premier league side Chemelil Sugar and Free State Stars of South Africa.

“We have released our striker David Majak who will proceed for trials at IF Elfsborg in Sweden next month. We are happy for him and pray that it will be successful. As Tusker we wish him well and are elated that our players are advancing their careers abroad,” Aduda told Nation Sport on Wednesday.

“We have the invite and have given him the green light to start processing his travelling papers early enough so that he can settle and do his best to get this chance. He is a very good player and we are confident the trials will be successful,” added Aduda.

He joined the 11-time KPL champions in the 2018/19 mid-season after an impressive display in the Chapa Dimba tournament while playing for Kapenguria Heroes.

Majak scored 11 goals in as many matches for the Brewers and bagged the 2019 New Young Player Award during the Sport Journalist Association Kenya (SJAK) KPL Awards after an impressive maiden season.

David Majak #9 while having a warm up session with team mates

The young talented and most promising, energetic forward was part of the South Sudan national team that drew against Equatorial Guinea 1-1 in Khartoum Sudan in a World Cup Qualification preliminary round qualifiers, where the Bright Stars bowed out after an away 1-0 loss. 

The 20 years old although not included in the current 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations squad to face Uganda due to his Sweden trials engagement, remains Besong’s trusted player in the national team set up. 

Idrottsföreningen Elfsborg, more commonly known as IF Elfsborg or simply Elfsborg (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɛ̌lfsbɔrj]), is a professional football club based in Borås, Sweden, and is affiliated to the Västergötlands Fotbollförbund. They play in the Allsvenskan and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Swedish football. Their homeground is Borås Arena, where they have played since 17 April 2005.

Majak David scoring for his club Tusker FC against Kakamega Homeboyz: Photo Credit: Club Media Team

The club was founded in 1904 by a group of 19 youngsters which all were 14–15 years old. Borås Fotbollslag was formed in Ordenshuset at Landala (today Knalleland) on 26 June 1904. The main protagonist in the formation, Carl Larson, who in addition to football also practiced athletics and wrestling. Claimed the reason was that the main sports club in the city, Borås Athletic and Sports Society, would not exert football in their program.

Carl Larson, however, found that there were too many clubs containing the city name Borås which contributed to the name change in 1906 by Riksidrottsförbundet to the current, IF Elfsborg. The name is derived from Älvsborg County where instead of making use of the modern spelling Älvsborg, they used out of the older spelling with an E. The same goes for the club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, yellow and black. Colors that are taken from Älvsborg Regiment, Elfsborg would not only represent a city but a whole region. A recurring motto of the club is “Vi Tillsammans” (We together).

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