The sister of Socceroo’s forward Awer Mabil has been killed in a car accident in Adelaide while he was playing in the Asian Cup overseas.
Bor Mabil, 19, was killed when the car she was in crashed into a fence in the northern suburb of Andrews Farm at 12.30am on Saturday.
The 19-year-old man driving the car has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and driving while disqualified.
Mabil was unaware of his sister’s death during Australia’s Asian Cup quarter-final 1-0 loss to UAE early on Saturday morning.
Football Federal Australia released a statement late on Saturday morning, requesting the media respect the family’s privacy.
“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 teammates, and Socceroos staff in the United Arab Emirates.”
Members of the Mabil family spoke briefly to reporters in Adelaide.
“We, as family and friends of Bor Mabil, we grieve at this time,” Bor’s cousin Manyok Ajak Mabil said.
“Bor was a great daughter and young woman with a great life ahead of her.”
The driver of the car has been refused bail and will appear in court on Thursday.
Three other passengers received minor injuries when the Audi crashed.