Long-range Awer Mabil screamer one of few Socceroos highlights in Kiwi friendly win ahead of Qatar


A long-distance wonderstrike from Awer Mabil was the clear highlight, but Australia’s World Cup opponents would have been otherwise rubbing their hands together with glee after Thursday night’s sluggish 1-0 friendly win over New Zealand.

The Socceroos were celebrating the team’s 100-year anniversary and had the legendary Guus Hiddink – named as coach of Australia’s team of the century earlier in the day – sat next to his former assistant Graham Arnold on the bench at Suncorp Stadium to help inspire them in their final game on home soil before they gather in Qatar in less than two…



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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