SYDNEY, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The sister of Australia forward Awer Mabil has been killed in a car crash in South Australia while her brother was with the national side in the United Arab Emirates for the Asian Cup.
Bor Mabil, 19, was a passenger in the car that crashed in an Adelaide suburb early on Saturday, local media reported.
Australia, the 2015 champions, were knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by the hosts on Friday. Mabil appeared as a substitute in the 1-0 loss.
Local media reported he was unaware of his sister’s death at the time.
Football Federation Australia extended its condolences on Saturday.
“FFA extends its deepest sympathies to Awer, the Mabil family, and Bor’s friends, at this difficult time,” the statement said.
“FFA is providing support to Awer, his team mates, and Socceroos staff in the United Arab Emirates.”
The 23-year-old forward, a South Sudanese refugee born in Kenya who resettled in Australia with his mother and siblings aged 10, earned his first cap under Graham Arnold last year.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Peter Rutherford