Mabil’s heartfelt tribute to his mum after Midtjylland goal
Even when he’s scoring goals to help maintain his team’s unbeaten start to the Danish Superliga season, family is never far from Awer Mabil’s mind.
The Caltex Socceroos winger opened his account for the season with a goal in FC Midtjylland’s 2-0 win over Sonderjyske earlier this morning (AEST).
It was a significant moment in the campaign for Mabil and helped Midtjylland stay on the tail of league-leaders FC Copenhagen with six wins and a draw from their first seven games.
And the 23-year-old celebrated his goal with a classy tribute to his mum on Instagram.
Mabil’s story to professional footballer is extraordinary.
He was a South Sudanese refugee born in Kenya before eventually moving to Australia as a young child.
After starting his professional career with Hyundai A-League outfit Adelaide United, he moved on to FC Midtjylland in 2015, while he has played 10 times for the Caltex Socceroos.
Mabil made his debut against Kuwait in October 2018 and scored after coming off the bench in the 4-0 win.
“That goal is for my mother, she sacrificed a lot for me and my family,” Mabil said at the time.
“She is a single mother so she went through a lot. That’s especially for her."