Frustrated Socceroos star reveals his La Liga coach has given NO REASON for his limited minutes ahead of World Cup opener against France
Socceroos winger Awer Mabil admits frustration at being mysteriously snubbed by his Spanish La Liga club Cadiz.
Mabil, the only Australian in the Spanish top-flight, enters the World Cup in Qatar with limited recent game time.
Mabil has had limited opportunities for his La Liga club Cadiz and said the coach has not given him any real reasons why
In the past two months, Mabil featured just four times for Cadiz – and he doesn’t know why.
‘The coach … hasn’t really given me a reason,’ Mabil told reporters in Doha on Friday.
‘I couldn’t dwell. I just had to look forward to the future. And the future was the World Cup.
‘For me, I had to be in the best shape that I possibly can and do what I can control and that was my extra trainings when I don’t play.
‘It was very frustrating because I know I can make an impact.
‘For me, it didn’t really make sense why all of a sudden I didn’t come on for especially two or three games in a row, that was strange.’
Mabil controls the ball during the La Liga Santander match between CA Osasuna and Cadiz CF at El Sadar Stadium on August 20, 2022
The 27-year-old said he had to turn the negative into a positive.
‘It brings a new challenge, for me to develop my mind and how I deal with these kind of challenges is something that I had to learn,’ Mabil said ahead of Australia’s World Cup opener against France next Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).
‘I didn’t take it well at the start.
‘But now … I find a way to get the best out of my days every single day and that is what I can control and be happy with that.’