PGFC Academy first team player Chok Dau has had to bide his time for a spot in the starting eleven, but the door has opened now and the speedster has taken his opportunity by playing some great football over the past month, as the Glory youngsters went undefeated and moved to second on Football West NPL table.
Dau and his teammates will be looking to extend that run when they host Forrestfield United at Ashfield Arena on Saturday afternoon in the Belt-Up Round 17.
The Kenyan-born Dau, was a vital part of the club’s National Youth League team this season with his pace and skill on show since his return to the side and he was outstanding in the big win at Joondalup.
He said it was a good team performance and showed how far they have improved this season, and the young players that came in delivered on a bigger stage.
“I thought it was a big win for us and we really displayed what we are capable of. It showed how difficult it is for teams to play us when we play our football,” he explained.
“With a number of experienced players missing, the young boys who came in did a great job. It’s great for the team that we have young players in all positions that can step up and help the team get three points.”
The 19-year-old said the group have matured this season and go into every game not fearing anyone. He said it will be the same on Saturday against a good Forrestfield side.
“We’ve been really solid this season and ensured that we compete and try to win our physical battles. That has really helped our game and improved our performances,” Dau said.
“Saturday will be no different, we will aim to do what we did in the previous game at Forrestfield, but we know it will be difficult as they are a side who play good football.
“We know we will have to be at our best and it’s vital we get a result because at this stage of the season we can’t afford to fall and slip down the table.”
Head coach John Gibson said it’s been tough for Dau, but he’s been fantastic since returning to the side. “Chok has been fantastic for us in the YL & NPL Season and is integral to the way we play,” he said.
“Chok’s contribution is invaluable – if he’s not scoring, he’s assisting and he’s a menace to opposing teams but his work ethic and defensive responsibilities are qualities that have not gone unnoticed to us.”
Gibson will be going head-to-head with a good friend of his on Saturday with Rod Banjac in the visitors dugout.
“Yes Rod has done a very good job at Forrestfield, and they are an ambitious club,” he said.
“On Saturday it’s all about us, and it’s nice to be home after three weeks away. We’ve really been pleased with our performances, but we have major improvement within the group, and we are striving collectively to become better every day.
“Saturday will be another tight and tough contest, and we will be looking to put together another strong, consistent and mature performance.”