Awer Mabil says can’t wait to pull on the new Socceroos jersey and represent Australia on the international stage after he was one of the key players to help reveal the new Nike National Team Kits on Thursday.
The FC Midtjylland attacker modelled the new Socceroos home kit, which is constructed with 100% recycled polyester from plastic bottles and will unify the Matildas and Socceroos in key tournaments leading up to the biggest football events of 2022 and 2023.
When Mabil pulls on the green and gold again he says it will be another "privilege" to represent the whole of Australia as well as the African-Australia community.
“It’s everything because as soon as I pull that on, I know I’m representing 26 million people,” said Mabil.
“I go out there and I just give it my best, to defend these colours, and get a result. It’s a privilege every time.”
He added: “To be wearing this kit, it’s something that’s pretty cool and not just for me. For the community back home in Australia to see one of their own coming through and also being one of the faces of the Socceroos kit.
“I think it’s going to inspire the next generation which is something that’s more important than anything else.”
“I’m working hard every day to make sure that I pave a good way for the young Africans that will come out.
“They need someone to look up too, so I dedicate all my time to making sure I lead by example. I’m very grateful to be doing what I’m doing, and I’ll continue to push my limits.”
Upon seeing the kit for the first time, Mabil was immediately reminded of his journey from being a fan of the Socceroos seeing Australia win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to becoming a member of the playing squad.
“When I first saw the kit, the first thing that came to my head was the Asian Cup in 2015,” he said.
“I remember I was watching at home, the final, and of course watching the whole campaign. It sort of reminded me of being a Socceroos fan at home to now be here wearing it.
He says it feels amazing to wear the kit and he believes it’s more than just a football jersey.
“It’s pretty stylish and that’s what I like it about it the most. You can wear it out. It’s not just a football jersey - it’s more than that.”
Made from recycled plastic bottles, the jersey is available from Friday, 18 September from $99.99 AUD at rebelsport.com.au.
Nike’s first-ever product made with recycled plastic bottles debuted in Sydney in 2000. Fast forward to 2020, where all of Nike’s Federation football kits are made from plastic bottles. Find out more here.
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