The inspirational story of Kenyan-born South Sudanese football star conquering the world stage

The inspirational story of Kenyan-born South Sudanese football star conquering the world stage

- Awel Mabil is a South Sudanese professional player who currently plies his trade with FC Midtjylland

- The 23-year-old was born in Kenya before moving to Australia

- He currently plays for the Australian national football team, scoring four goals in seven international appearances

- He has caught the attention of the world with his exploits in the field and rather unusual goal celebrations

Emerging Socceroos attacking star, Awer Mabil, has caught the football world by storm with his heroics in the field and peculiar goal celebrations.

Mabil, a Kenyan-born South Sudanese was on target in Australia's crucial 3-2 win over Syria at the Asian Cup, helping his country avoid an unlikely group-stage exit.

The 23-year-old turned the encounter to its head just moments before half-time with a stunning left-footed strike

However, the inspirational story behind his trademark goal celebration is what has left football fans in awe and admiration.

In the celebrations, Mabil could be seen placing two fingers to his mouth and then covering that hand with his other with his index and middle fingers pointing up towards his forehead.

The fresh Aussie winger who grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp later revealed the rational behind the gesture he has now been using for months.

“That celebration is to bring peace to the mind and, for people who are suffering from depression or whatever it might be, to represent them and let them know it's okay, they just need to talk to someone," quoted Mabil.
“I want them to know that people do care for them and it’s all in the mind, they need to find someone to talk to,” he added.

Having beaten all odds to make a name on the global stage, Mabil has devised a way of giving back to the society through philanthropic activities.

He helped set up ‘Barefoot to Boots’, a charity project that is providing aid to his former home - the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

Apart from providing football boots to kids, the project also offers education and healthcare services for children in the camp where he was born after his parents fled war from Sudan in 1994.


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