Rivalry is competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field and in the beautiful game of football it’s very common amongst clubs as fans and players and officials create a fierce and a bouyant mood.
In this situation, much as you have been such a darling and you cross to a rival side, the fans in most cases turn against you unless otherwise.
It’s not different from Uganda Cranes custodian Salim Jamal Magoola in Sudan when he crossed from Al Merriekh to fierce rivals Al Hilal Omdurman in 2018.
The former Express FC goalie played for Merriekh for four years until 2018 and won hearts of club top officials as well as fans but the moment he switched to Al Hilal, he became Merriekh’s number one enemy, a situation he revealed while on the Tugukyangira Bunayira program on 102.1 FUFA fm.
“It was my dream from childhood to be a professional footballer and when an opportunity came in 2014 to join Al Merriekh at a young age I was delighted despite the many challenges I encountered when I reached there but because I had targets, I had to push and work harder to deliver which I did and later the club trusted and believed in me and so were the fans.”
“I gave my whole to the club but time came when the club was in a financial crisis and with my contract nearing expiry, I had to look for other options since I am a foreigner and at the time Al Hilal who were stable showed interest in me and offered me a good deal in 2018 and I joined them.”
The religious custodian also confessed how the attacks from Al Merriekh fans via social media pushed him to work more harder.
“At first pressure was there because these are the rival teams but when I saw fans attacking me via social media it made me more strong and to work harder in order to prove them wrong which I did.”
Since joining the Sudan Premier League, Jamal has won two league titles with his first coming in 2015 with Al Merriekh and his second coming in 2018 at Al Hilal.
He has another chance to win it with Hilal this season when the league returns in mid August as they currently top the log on 51 points from 22 games, three points ahead of Merriekh.