The golden-generation of Australian football belonged to the children of Australia's European migrant boom. Could our next one belong to football's African community? 

Awer Mabil and the Toure brothers Al-Hassan and Mohamed are spearheading the cultural trend of Australian football; where diversity is its biggest strength.

The football community has been dazzled, excited and even brought to tears at the success stories of some of the game's African community.

Awer Mabil

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the number of migrants born in Africa has risen by over 50,000 in with a total of 388,176 living in Australia in 2016. 

That number is expected to rise even more in the next census in 2021. A cursory glance in Melbourne indicates the face of Australian football is changing. 

Elvis Kamsoba, Jason Geria Idris Abdulahi, Valentino Yuel, Thomas Deng, Yaya Dukuly and many more are reflecting the changing demographic of the country. 

Sydney is joining in on the act with the Western Sydney Wanderers welcoming the ANSA African Cup to their training facility in November this year

The tournament which will enter its 21st year is a hub for youth players and African coaches to showcase their skills and be actively involved in their community. 

Sydney's population of African immigrants is booming as it is home to over 100,000 South Africans, nearly half the Egyptian population of Australia and the majority of Nigerian and Ghanian immigrants. 

As the Wanderers already have a mix of African talent like Keanu Baccus and Mohamed Adam, Wanderers CEO John Tstatsimas is pleased to take on a new branch of the tradition.

"The African Cup has provided great opportunities for players of all ages to come together to celebrate their culture and play the beautiful game," said Tsatsimas. 

Mali were victorious in the African Nations Cup in 2019

"We are honoured to have the ANSA African Cup NSW as the first official event at our Centre of Football and look forward to building on our partnerships in years to come."

The tournament strengthens the community and with a professional football clubs eyes on the competition they join a host of clubs ready to tap into the next generation of migrant talent in Australian football. 

Nations represented: Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Cape Verde, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.



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