'It's tough': Football star's 'special moment' ruined after racial abuse

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Kusini Yengi (pictured) celebrates his first A-League goal.
Kusini Yengi (pictured) had his 'special moment' in the A-League dampened after some horrible racial abuse online. (Getty Images)

Adelaide striker Kusini Yengi has called for online trolls to be educated on the impacts of racism after his 'special moment' in the A-League was ruined from racial abuse.

Yengi scored his maiden A-League goal for the Reds on the weekend in his team's away victory over Melbourne Victory.

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But following the game, the 22-year-old striker was racially abused on social media and the police have now launched an investigation.

Unfortunately, the young star said it was a dampener on his special moment.

"It took away from a special moment, which was me scoring my first A-League goal, so it's disappointing," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"After the game there were a lot of good messages, everyone congratulating me ... but obviously a few that were uncomfortable to look at."

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Yengi, born in Adelaide to an English mother and South Sudanese father, appealed for greater anti-racism education within football and the wider community.

"It's a tough one, you never really get taught how to deal with this type of thing," he said.

"I saw the messages and tried to move on ... but also I would like to speak about it because it's obviously not right.

"And it's a big thing to be educated about the situation so that it doesn't happen in the future.

"Everyone just needs to be kind to one another and promote love and not negative energy.

"We are all humans and we're all trying to do our best at whatever we do.

Kusuni Yengi (pictured second on right) celebrates after scoring a goal during the A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United at Marvel Stadium, on March 13, 2021.
Kusuni Yengi (pictured second on right) celebrates after scoring a goal during the A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United at Marvel Stadium, on March 13, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

"Giving people negative energy and making comments like that doesn't help anyone."

Yengi said the recent Adam Goodes documentary inspired him to come forward and raise the issue.

Goodes' documentary showed the retired AFL star's experiences with racism throughout his stellar career.

"It gave me a lot of motivation and gave me some ideas of why I should speak up," he said of the Goodes film.

"Sometimes you kind of just push things away. But ... racism is something we should speak up about."

Yengi, who has made 10 A-League appearances for Adelaide, was uncertain whether police would manage to find those responsible for the racist attacks.

with AAP

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