David Majak who won the 2018 Chapa Dimba Most Valuable Player (MVP) award made his senior international debut for South Sudan in their 2022 World Cup qualifier – opening round, first-leg tie – against Equatorial Guinea played Wednesday 4 September at the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman Sudan.
The lanky forward, who sealed a move to KPL side Tusker after his heroics that saw him lead Kapenguria Heroes to the inaugural Chapa Dimba title in 2018, started the game and clocked 54 minutes as the Bright Stars settled for a 1-1 draw.
Majak, who could be considered the tallest player in the KPL alongside fellow South Sudanese international John Kuol, has grown from strength to strength since his Chapa Dimba days as he was also named the Rising New/Young Star in the 2018-19 SJAK Awards after his explosive debut campaign in the top tier that saw him net six times as Tusker finished 4th.
The 19 year old, who spent a part of his childhood at the refugee camp in Kakuma, will be hoping to make a better impact in the return-leg tie against Equatorial Guinea set for Sunday in Malabo.
A win for Africa’s youngest independent nation and who are ranked 169th in the world will see them qualify for the second round of the qualifiers.
The second round will incorporate a group format that will see the 14 winners from the first round pooled together with the continents top 26 FIFA ranked nations, in 10 groups of four teams each.
Kenya’s Harambee Stars will be in action when the second round kicks off in March 2020.
The 10 group winners in the second round will then progress to the 3rd and final round of the qualifiers where they will be pitted against each other in home and away ties to produce the five nations that will represent the continent in Qatar in 2022.