Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 11:49 a.m.
The youngest Australian player in World Cup history, young winger Garang Kuol (18) hopes to make an impact off the bench against the Blues on Tuesday night.
At just 18 years old, since he celebrated them on September 15, Garang Kuol is preparing to become the youngest Australian player in history to play in the World Cup. And he is the second youngest player of this Qatari World Cup behind the German Youssoufa Moukoko, who turned 18 on Sunday. But not enough to disturb this prodigy with a singular history. “Youngest Australian in World Cup history? It’s just one more label, it doesn’t mean much. I just have to perform on the pitch, because that’s what makes me the player I am, he explained to the media on Friday. And I don’t really pay attention to what is being said around me. I mainly focus on what I do on the pitch, in training and in games.”
“Bring what I know how to do”
Central Coast Mariners player, where Usain Bolt had an inconclusive test in 2018, was born in Egypt to a family originally from South Sudan, before coming to Australia as a refugee. And it didn’t take long to prove himself on the pitch, scoring six goals and three assists in 13 Australian league appearances. All in a joker role that he also occupies in selection. He should also not be a starter against the Blues on Tuesday evening (8 p.m. French time), for the start of the Socceroos in the competition.
But even if he will start on the bench, Kuol, who will join Newcastle in January, believes he can have an impact, from this meeting against the reigning world champions. “Sure, it’s just about having faith in yourself, not giving up and keeping that mindset to create something and have an impact. I just want to play well and bring what I know how to do”, he also said. Didier Deschamps’ men will therefore have to closely monitor this “supersub” ready to do damage against a particularly inexperienced blue hinge in the absence of Raphaël Varane.