EMMANUEL Ajang expects some banter when he plays his second Hampden league senior game on Saturday.
Greater Western Victoria Rebels' NAB League bye meant the South Warrnambool defender was available for selection, setting up a clash against mates who play for North Warrnambool Eagles.
The Emmanuel College student, 17, said one friend in particular, Eagle Bailey Jenkinson, liked to "talk a lot".
"I want to get the win because I have some mates who play there as well and I don't want to go back to school with them in my ear," he joked.
"It is always fun coming back home and playing for the club. It means a lot."
Ajang has played seven matches for the Rebels in 2019 after two appearances in the statewide under 18 program as a bottom-ager last season.
He has established himself defence in all bar one game, averaging 10 disposals, priding himself on consistency, sportsmanship, speed and marking.
"I like back line a bit better than forward but it doesn't bother me," he said.
Ajang, who is of Sudanese heritage, is the second-oldest of five siblings - Berjitta, 20, Daniella, 16, Ywomo, 13, and Evans, 7, - and moved to Australia from Egypt when he was two.
He started playing football aged 11 and is fondly known as E-Man at South Warrnambool.
"I have a fair few nicknames but mostly E-Man," he said.
"I don't mind it, I've had it for ages, since primary school."
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