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In the Spotlight – Djal Augustin

As Team Saint Lucia prepares for two international friendlies, this month and other upcoming regional competition next year, Voice Sports in collaboration with the St Lucia Football Association [SLFA] Inc. technical unit, presents a brief profile of the players.

With a keen eye on the game and a hearty disposition towards play – Djal Augustin wants to take his craft deeper and wider afield into the professional league.

Djal Augustin
Djal Augustin

The wily midfielder from the west-coast community of Anse La Raye has covered some ground so far as he continues to strive for higher standards.

Djal, 21, a pivotal linkman in the community side and other clubs that he has played for, so far, relishes his position as a vital clog in the overall shape and distribution of the game.

Growing up under the watchful eyes and guidance of his coach and father Sommers Augustin, former Anse La Raye and national player, Djal seeks to emulate the workload that this defender exuded in his playing days. He began having a feel for the game from age 7 and has blossomed into a sturdy player.

“My dad introduced me to the game …and since then I have been playing and doing my thing,” said Djal.

Having graduated from secondary school, the young Augustin eagerly looks forward to a career in the professional league.

He began playing competitively at the youth level with the Valley Soccer Academy and 1987 All Stars, and from thereon progressed to do a “short stint in the US at the semi-pro level”.

On his linkman role, Djal declared: “It is a very important position on the field, once you can get control of that position, I feel you have a good chance of winning any game.”

Augustin has high expectations for Team 758 as they prepare for the challenges ahead. He said: “I am satisfied with the drills and training sessions that the technical unit is putting us through …and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

As Team 758 prepares to play San Marino, on November 17 and 20 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds [DSCG], Djal says the national squad is very much aware “of the quality of the team we’re coming up against and we are trying to get as prepared as possible.”

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