Former Central Coast and Western Sydney forward Abraham Majok is out to relaunch his football career in the European country of Cyprus.
Majok, who departed the Mariners in March, has signed up with Cypriot Second Division side PAEEK.
The Kenyan-born, Australian-raised winger played just three times for Central Coast before leaving the club, and admits 2019-2020 was a difficult season.
“There was some events that occurred that I couldn’t really tolerate anymore,” he told The World Game.
“For me, sometimes there’s only so much you can take in life. For me, I thought I’m better than things that were happening and I didn’t get much opportunity to play.
“It was a disappointing season in a way. I just had to pull the plug on that and just start over again. There was other events that took place that I don’t really like to talk about.
“Without opportunity, you can’t really develop to the player you are or fulfil your potential, and I just took it realistically that if I’m not going to be at the club in the near future then there’s no point in me staying there and just riding out a contract.
“There was just no purpose for me. After I left the Mariners I didn’t really have many options. Either to go to the NPL, try my luck there, or just continue to train and see what happened with the A-League.
“I’ve got the ambition to play a higher level and still make a career out of it. Coming here is a stepping stone, and for me to focus and push myself.
“Just see what happens. I can only control how I perform and how I play, and the rest is out of my control.”
Majok landed in Cyrpus last week and has begun pre-season training with PAEEK. The former 2018 Y-League golden boot winner has always wanted to play in Europe and sees the move as a chance to further his career.
“I think that’s everyone’s goal in football, [to play in Europe] in reality,” the 21-year-old said.
“You have the dream of where you want to go and it’s what I’ve always wanted since I was a kid. This is a stepping stone as well to achieve my dreams, moving on to bigger things.
“This is a platform to get my career back on track, work hard and let things happen on their own way. It’s going well. The club is good.
“We started training last week. The coach told us about the division, what he wants from the players, why we’re here. I seemed to have settled into the team very nicely.
“Promotion – definitely the goal is to get promoted this season. I think for any club, wherever you go and play, there’s always a goal. There’s no purpose to play if you don’t have a goal.”
Majok came through at GHFA Spirit and Mount Druitt Rangers before making his first-team debut for the Wanderers in an Asian Champions League game in 2017. The striker spent three years at Western Sydney, making 19 appearances, before joining the Mariners last year.
Majok also bagged two goals in two matches for the Olyroos in 2019. He hopes his form in Cyprus over the next 12 months can help force his way into the Australian squad that will play at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“Definitely it would be a dream to play in the Olympics, I haven’t really ruled that one out,” the forward said.
“If I can give a good season, push myself and maybe put myself back in contention again, then definitely. That’s still a target as well.”
In September Majok was one of 12 Australian-based players called up by the South Sudan senior national team. The attacker was thrilled to be selected, but says he has made no decision on his international future and whether to commit to Australia or the Bright Stars.
“That was a great thing to be noticed by the South Sudan national team,” he said.
“I don’t how to describe it – it was surprising, but it’s an opportunity as well. But for me, it just depends on what works out best and to decide that after I focus on my club level first before worrying about international level.
“I haven’t made any commitment at international level. I haven’t really been thinking about international football lately, I’ve just been thinking about club level and giving that my full focus.”
For now, Majok is focused on PAEEK and finding his feet in Lakatamia.
“We’re currently in pre-season, the season starts on September 13 I think,” he said.
“We’re working hard, there’s a lot of new players at the club. I’m very excited, after four months out, it’s been really good to see football back.”