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Former Atlabara FC Juba Head Coach Leo Adraa Joins El-Merreikh Juba

Leo Adraa Erima (2nd R) during his agreement signing at Da Vinci Hotel

South Sudanese side El-Merreikh Juba have confirmed the appointment of former Atlabara FC Juba, and Onduparaka Football club head coach Leo Adraa Erima as the club head coach for a period of one year with an option for further extension.

The veteran tactician will take up his new position with the South Sudan giants with immediate effect following an agreement for personal terms between the two parties.

Leo Adraa Erima (L) being unveiled as El Merriekh FC Juba head coach for a period of 1 year

The unavailing took place on August 2nd 2021 at Da-Vinci Hotel located along the river side in the presence of the club Secretary.

His time with the Caterpillars helped shape his resùme as one of the best football coaches in the region with his legacy both in the Ugandan Premier League and on the continent a rich and sound one.

Leo Adraa Erima while with the Caterpillars

The decision to join El-Merreikh could be viewed as a homecoming since he refers to South Sudan as home away from home. His first stint in the South Sudanese league was with Altabara FC back in 2005.

Following his departure from Onduparaka FC, Adraa has been a technical and Sporting director at fellow West Nile side Paidha Black Angels until the time of this appointment.

The former Uganda Cranes head coach was in 2015 appointed to take charge of the South Sudan Bright Stars in an African Cup of Nations qualifiers game against Mali away where they lost by 3-0. 

El-Merreikh Juba since the departure of coach James Kondo has been struggling without a coach and has been relying on the club’s secretary general Mr Kamal, who at one point was spotted  during matches coming on the touchline to command players.

It should be noted that the red and yellow trade mark El-Merreikh FC represented South Sudan in the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round under coach Simon James Yor against Green Buffaloes FC of Zambia, they lost the game in a 2-0 aggregate. 

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