New Socceroos the latest African Australians to blaze sporting pathway


They say sport and politics shouldn’t mix. And an African community leader in Australia isn’t about to fuse the topics.

John Nze-Bertram doesn’t want to get drawn into the irony.

Hours after Pauline Hanson presented her “anti-white” motion to Federal parliament, two African-born refugees made their Socceroos debut.

Awer Mabil scored for the Socceroos from an attack triggered by his fellow Kenyan-born teammate Thomas Deng.

Their feats came within three months of another Kenyan-born Australian, Joseph Deng, breaking the national 800 metre record.

Deng, pushed in the footrace by his Australian teammate and fellow former South Sudanese refugee Peter Bol, set the new Australian benchmark on July 20.

Just five days earlier at a Melbourne stadium, another pair of African-born Australians – Majak Daw and…

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