“We grow under pressure and that’s the journey of being a footballer and also of life, that the journey along the way and the obstacles are what makes you appreciate the good times”. – Awer Mabil, Australian forward.
Awer Mabil born (born 15 September 1995) is an Australian professional association football player of South Sudanese descent who plays as a winger for FC Midtjylland.
Awer Mabil born in Kakuma, located in northwestern Kenya, lived in the Kakuma Refugee Camp as they fled the civil war in Sudan, He began playing street football at the camp at around the age of 5. Mabil moved to Australia as part of a humanitarian programme at the age of 10 in 2006.
He spent his first years in South Australia adjusting to a new culture and lifestyle as well as learning ‘soccer’. In 2007, he started training with the local club Playford City where he refined his game before joining the academy run by Football Federation South Australia as a 16-year-old.
But living in Australia was not all rosy for the young forward, at 16, he faced a sickening incident when his own neighbours tried to attack him, telling him to go back to his country.
His breakout campaign, though, came in 2014-15 when he scored six in 21 appearances for his club and also represented Australia at the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship held in Myanmar.
After showing impressive form with FC Midtjylland, Mabil was called up to the senior team for the first time. On 16 October 2018 Mabil came in as a substitute and scored his maiden goal for the senior national team in the 88th minute on his senior Australian debut against Kuwait in an international friendly match.
Mabil, not a quitter, is proud to call himself an Australian and to represent Australia despite being subjected to racist remarks, as it is the country that he has called his home for the better part of his life.
At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Mabil led the line for the Socceroos Australian national team scoring 2 goals in two out of three group games as they were eliminated in the AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinal.
After the tragic death of his sister just hours before the Socceroos final match at the Asian Cup, Awer Mabil admits the support he’s been shown is helping him stay strong.
Awer Mabil’s early trials did not deter his resolve to pursue his dreams. His trials have the power to inspire millions of youngsters, men and women across the globe who stare at an uncertain future.