24/04/2024

Kur Kur. (Image: Avondale FC / Supplied - Design: Madeline Irwin).

His star has been on the rise in soccer for the last few years. With a strong campaign with Avondale FC so far, Kur Kur has his sights set on the A-League.

It’s six months on since Avondale FC prevailed against South Melbourne in last season’s National Premiership League (NPL) Victoria final. 

But it’s been business as usual for the competition’s reigning champions. With a current position of second on the ladder, Avondale have picked up from where they left off last season. A record of 3 – 0 -1 sees Avondale sending a clear message to the rest of the competition this season. 

Amidst Avondale’s 2024 NPL campaign, their new signing Kur Kur has been a standout, so far. His emergence is looking likely to be a crucial part of Avondale’s tilt to a second consecutive title this season. 

Just four games into the NPL Victoria season, the 24-year-old is quickly becoming an important part of Avondale’s midfield fabric. In his short time with the team so far, Kur has already built up several highlights that have helped to contribute to Avondale’s red-hot form.

“It’s a great feeling to help the team get the three points and [to] get the win[s]. But that’s why I came here. I came here to help the team, and hopefully win the championship,” Kur told The Inner Sanctum.

Having been surrounded by football while growing up, Kur has always known that the football field was where he wanted to be.

“I started playing football at a very young age. So it was something that was [in] my family. When I started [playing], I grew up to just enjoy the game every year and every time I played it. So I just continued [football] and yeah, I’ve been enjoying it ever since,” he shared.

“I never considered another sport. I just grew up with football, represent[ing] the community back home. I just grew up to love football.”

Since signing on for the 2024 season with Avondale FC, Kur has been having a start to remember in his first NPL Victoria campaign having scored three goals across four game appearances.

He’s currently tied for first place in goals scored alongside Manningham United’s Christos Theodorakopoulos and Hume City’s Lloyd Isgrove.

“The team feels real good, real good [about the season]. That’s the start that we’re looking for. To get momentum to start the season is a very good thing,” he said.

“So just tak[ing] it one game at a time, and we [will] just keep pushing and hopefully keep winning.”

For the 24-year-old, a major reason behind his positive campaign so far has been the support of the club, and his teammates at Avondale.

“[Settling in Avondale has] been good. The boys have all welcomed me. it’s all been really good and I think it’s suited me. The playing style, the coaching staff, everything. It’s been good so far,” he shared.

Kur’s arrival to Avondale could not have come at a better time for the footballer. His time with the Brisbane Roar in the Queensland NPL last year, saw him manage limited playing time across his five appearances.

It had Kur longing for something else.

“I spoke with Zoran [Markovski] and [at the time], I was looking for something new. We spoke about playing style at Avondale and everything like that. It suited me,” Kur shared.

“There’s a lot of technical players within the squad, so that’s what really stood out to me and that’s why I came to Avondale.”

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His instant impact for Avondale comes as no surprise. Back in the 2022, Kur delivered an electrifying campaign while with Adelaide City in NPL South Australia.

Another key to Kur’s growing success in the sport are the coaches that have had a significant “influence” on the player he is today.

Whilst he is appreciative of all who have been a part of his footballing journey so far, Kur shared that for him there are two that he recalls as being the most impactful on his playing career.

“One would be Matthew Gatson. He was my coach in South Australia U18’s level and he really pushed for me to play senior football. He saw the talent in myself and I learnt a lot from him too,” he explained.

“Also Paul Pezos back in South Australia. He helped me to become a better player, teaching me the game and really letting me experience my footballing side.”

It is through the belief and confidence he gained through his tenure in South Australia especially which led him to a major milestone in his career last year.

Before arriving at Avondale, Kur got the opportunity to play in Europe after signing with FK Novi Pazar in the Serbian SuperLiga. It was a significant step in his football career, with the deal marking his first time playing at a 1st division football club.

While he admitted that there were a handful of challenges he faced in Serbia, for Kur the experience proved to be momentous.

“It took a while to settle down with the culture, the language barrier, and all that stuff. But it took some time. I learned a few words over there, and I tried to focus on football mainly. But yeah, it was alright,” he explained.

“It was a very good experience. It was something new, I was out of my comfort zone. It was overseas, but yeah I was [in Europe]. I stayed for six months. But I learned a few things over there that hopefully I can bring [to this season],” he said.

“Hopefully I can do well this season.”

Although he is still rising up the ranks in Australian soccer, his footballing talents have been closely monitored overseas. Kur, who is of South Sudanese heritage, was called up to his birthplace’s national team back in 2022.

He made his international debut in friendlies against Uzbekistan and Jordan. After getting a taste of international football, Kur expressed that he was hopeful of getting another opportunity to play for South Sudan again.

“It was a really great experience. It was an eye-opener for international football, and the quality it takes to play at the next level in terms of international football,” he said.

“I used that as a stepping stone to push and keep learning the game so I can hopefully represent my country again in the future.”

For now, Kur is focused on helping Avondale potentially go back-to-back this season.

“This year, I’m most looking forward to winning championships and going to the next level,” he said.

“Avondale is in the second division next year, so hopefully this year we’ll make a statement and same thing as we did last year. We keep winning and play good football.”

While he’s happy to be thriving at Avondale FC, the dynamic footballer knows exactly what he’d like his next step to be in his career.

A spot on an A-League Men’s team.

Once again, buzz is surrounding Kur in football circles. Many NPL fans and experts had predicted that he was sure to take that next step whilst with Adelaide City. Although, a professional contract is yet to come his way.

Kur believes that he’s ready for the A-League, whenever it may be that the opportunity is ready for the taking.

“Yeah, I’m looking to go big. Hopefully play A-League as the next step, hopefully I’ll get my opportunity in Australia. But I just want to work hard and be here and see where it takes me.”

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