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International honours for young Socceroo

A huge honour has been bestowed upon a young Socceroo who is doing great work for refugees across the globe.

Socceroos winger Awer Mabil was awarded the 2018 FIFPro Merit Award for his work supporting refugees in Kenya.

The 23 year old has been acknowledged by FIFA in servicing football to young refugee kids in camps by way of his Barefoot to Boots program.

The initiative provides football boots for children who are forced to play barefoot in Kakuma, the same refugee camp in Kenya where Mabil was born, before he immigrated to Australia in 2006 with his family.

Awer Mabil grew up in the outskirts of Adelaide and dreamed of nothing more than playing soccer; is now in Europe playing for Danish side FC Midtjylland and made his debut as a Socceroo in a friendly against Kuwait last month.

Talking on the Macquarie Sports Breakfast show this morning with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell, football expert Andy Harper explains he has only the utmost admiration for such an inspirational young man, saying “he dragged himself and his family out of a refugee camp … and he now represents Australia on the world stage.”

Further adding, “he’s a great Australian story who has already done great things for humanity and you can only imagine in ten years time, if his football career continues on this trajectory, what sort of impact he might have.”

To listen to the interview with Andy Harper and hear the full story of such an amazing young Australian, click the link below