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“I’m also a fair Dinkum Australian”, the moving interview of the father of Wanderers star Kusini Yengi

The father of Western Sydney Wanderers star Kusini Yengi stole the show in a moving TV interview at an A-League game over the weekend.

Ben Yengi had just watched his son’s team beat Perth Glory 1-0 at Commbank Stadium – and was delighted to see Kusini play professionally in Australia for the first time.

Speaking to Channel 10’s Tristan MacManus on the pitch just after the final whistle at Parramatta in west Sydney, the longtime advocate for Adelaide refugees was proud his son is pursuing his sporting dream.

“It was exciting to see him play, a real privilege,” said Mr. Yengi.

Mr Yengi clearly enjoyed his time in front of the camera, telling viewers he was “born in South Sudan, of Sudanese nationality” – but is also a “fair Dinkum Australian”.

Yengi senr moved to Australia in the 1970s in search of a better place to raise his family after suffering famine in Africa.

He quickly immersed himself in community life and was awarded an OAM for his tireless work with migrant families in South Australia.

Yengi has studied and worked for a range of refugee organisations, multicultural and health organizations as well as the University of Adelaide – whilst always striving to give back to family and friends who live very different lives in Uganda.

When it was revealed that two of his sons – Kusini and Tete – had the potential for a professional football career, he encouraged both of them to fulfill their potential.

Tete Yengi, 21, is currently in Finland with VPS on loan from English League One club Ipswich Town.

“I encouraged them to reach their maximum potential in football,” Yengi senr told A-League website Keep Up.

“I fervently pray that they develop footballing skills that are acceptable at international level.

I am very proud of her and my pride is getting bigger and bigger every week.”

His son added it was “amazing” that his well-respected old man watched him in action before the striker turned his attention to Wanderers’ second-round clash against Melbourne Victory on October 15.

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