Awer Mabil: Adelaide’s newest football star
St Columba College is currently celebrating the outstanding achievements of Old Scholar, Awer Mabil. Bursting onto the football stage in 2012, Awer’s dazzling speed and footwork saw him impress the public and gain selection for Adelaide United and later, the Young Socceroos.
From humble origins in South Sudan to a Kenyan Refugee camp, it has already been quite a journey for the young man. What instantly radiates from Awer is the significance he places on the plight of his family back home and the conscious decisions he has made to support them, with time and finances. This is an incredibly honourable quality in an era where fast cars, five-star hotels and the nightclub scene dominate international football headlines.
Awer made his debut with United while still in school, at St Columba College. He described the butterflies in his first game time for United and unveiled some of his ambitions for the future.
“When I started training with the first team I was still in Year 10. After training they named me in the squad… So I was like, this isn’t happening, you know, I couldn’t believe it!”
(On his ambitions for the Socceroos) “I have to focus first on my club, and being selected for Australia is a big honour. I always try to do my best for the club and my new country. I just hope in the future for a World Cup with the Socceroos. Hopefully for the next World Cup.”
With offers already being tabled from clubs abroad, including the likes of Dutch powerhouse Ajax, keep an eye out for Awer as he sets his sights on a burgeoning international career and World Cup glory.