2022-11-25 14:00:11

He makes us so happy: Victorian town gets behind its teenage World Cup Socceroo Garang Kuol

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The Guardian
By Mostafa Rachwani

Garang Kuols aunty is counting down the minutes and hours until she sees her nephew play at the World Cup again.

The 18-year-old, who is the youngest Socceroo since Harry Kewell in 1996, has a fervent following at his home town of Shepparton in northern Victoria, where the community is gathering on Saturday night for the second group-stage match.

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Agoness Kuol has watched her nephew grow up to play at the highest level, and she says his family and the South Sudanese community in Shepparton could not be prouder.

He makes us so happy. It makes us feel like we can fly, watching him play at the World Cup. And [were] so happy for his parents, who worked so hard for this.

He has always, always loved playing football, since he was in kindergarten. But hes a good boy, he would come with us to church and would always stay with his family.

The South Sudanese community has been growing in Shepparton, where just over 17% of the population were born overseas, compared with 12.4% for regional Victoria.

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