Graham Arnold gets dream start to life as Socceroos coach

Graham Arnold has had a dream start to his tenure as full time coach of the Socceroos, with his side clinching a massive 4-0 over Kuwait on Tuesday morning (AEST).

An own goal by defender Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim gave the visitors the perfect start after 12 minutes before Apostolos Giannou, Tom Rogic and debutant Awer Mabil each found the net in the one-sided friendly in Kuwait City.

It was not only a fairy-tale start for new coach Arnold but for Mabil and boyhood friend Thomas Deng, who have both made an incredible journey from a refugee camp in Kenya to their Socceroos debut.


Deng and Mabil were born in Kenya as displaced South Sudanese refugees during the war before making their way to Australia as young children.

“Flashback nine years ago and we were playing in the park together with our friends and we could never dream of this, the way it has happened today,” Mabil said on Fox Sports after the match, standing alongside Deng.

“It’s amazing it has happened, we have to thank Australia for giving us this opportunity. It’s a big dream come true.

“That goal is for my mother, she sacrificed a lot for me and my family.

“She is a single mother so she went through a lot. That’s especially for her.”