The journey of Ayom Majok to make his family proud

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When describing his time in South Sudan, Ayom Majok speaks with a fondness of the time where he played football during the adversity.

“It was fun there when you play football; it’s nothing serious you go in the street and play with your friend and enjoy it,” Majok said.

“It wasn’t about who would win, it was about who could dribble better who can shot hard, it wasn’t about scoring on winning.”

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For a player still developing his game and growing himself, Majok has goals of inspiring others who have come from similar adversity to achieve what their dreams.

“My legacy I want to live to show everyone that it doesn’t matter where you grow up as long as you get an opportunity anyone can be anyone,” said Majok.

After losing his parents at such a young age, it’s their memory that keeps Majok striving to do more and be the best player possible.

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“I always think about my mum, and sometimes I tell myself what happened, it happened for a reason and there’s nothing much I can do about it,” he said.

“The thing I can do is work hard and make my family proud and for people to see that I’m making my parents proud.

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As a player who has been through a lot and achieved more than the cards he was dealt, it would be easy for Majok to have a sense of arrogance around him. However, he remains poised and restrained when talking about his desires for the future.

“I don’t think about being a legend in football what I want to do is make everyone believe that it doesn’t matter where you from, where you grow up,” Majok said.

The A-league as a whole has been succeeding as of late with its open inclusion of African players as they continue to break into A-league sides, and some into the Olyroos and Socceroos squads.

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With players such as Alou Kuol, Valentino Yuel and the Toure brothers having success in the A-league, it bodes well for the A-league’s future. The diversity the A-League maintains is truly one of its biggest assets, something other Australia codes are starting to see its benefits.

For Majok, his fellow South Sudanese’s success is something that brings joy, particularly as they grow and develop as players.

“When I see other Sudanese players doing well, I’m happy for them and the South Sudanese community and even back home,” he said.

“I believe people are proud of them.

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Pokuah Frimpong
Pokuah Frimpong
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