From Afghanistan to the A-League: Akbari’s journey

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Brisbane Roar midfielder Rahmat Akbari has always had football in his life, but he could never imagine how far it would take him.

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The Afghan born footballer has succeeded in all his footballing endeavours thus far, but it has been quite the journey.

“I was born in Afghanistan and when I was about one, I left Afghanistan and moved to Pakistan for a few years and 2005 we all came here; my dad sponsored us, and we all came to Australia,” Akbari said.

“I didn’t start football until eight-years-old, but just started playing in the park with my older brothers, older cousins and I started club [football] when I was about eight or nine for the local team called Beenleigh Lions.”

From here he went from strength to strength, rising through the ranks and impressing at every level.

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With stints at Logan Lightning and Brisbane Strikers, the Roar youth team was the next step for the youngster who continued to impress.

“I just kept playing until 2016 where I moved to the AIS, played there for a season, then I came back and joined the Roar youth team and then made my debut the next year,” he said.

“There was a lot of people that supported me and encouraged me to just keep going, and from then on, I knew that was my dream.”

Despite his rapid rise, the Roar prodigy was forced to bide his time before receiving regular first team minutes.

Akbari started just four of his first 20 matches for both Roar and Melbourne Victory across three A-League seasons but has now cemented his spot in the starting XI.

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The attacking midfielder has credited time on the sidelines and reduced first team minutes for his ability to finally secure a starting berth.

“Being with those senior players who were in front of me, I learned so much from being on the bench,” Akbari said.

“Everyone wants to start, but sometimes it is good to just watch from behind and see what they do.”

Akbari hopes to continue starting this season, make the finals with the Roar and get an Australian national team call up.

“My goal is to keep starting every game, keep playing as much as I can and stay fit,” he said.

“I want to make top six and win the championship, then hopefully get into the Olympic side as well.”

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Akbari understands the sacrifices his father made to give him the opportunity he now has, and in return will always be grateful.

“I wouldn’t have the opportunity if I was back home in Afghanistan and I’m just grateful to be here, to have the opportunity to make something happen,” he said.

Statistics sourced by Ultimate A-League.

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Feature Image Credit: Brisbane Roar/Joshua Springfield.

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.

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