Former Gold Coast United prodigy Golgol Mebrahtu is poised to make his Brisbane Roar debut on Saturday night time towards Sydney FC.
Discovered whereas enjoying in a West End park 12 years in the past by then United coach and former Roar mentor Miron Bleiberg, Mebrahtu has spent the previous 4 seasons plying his commerce in Europe with Mladá Boleslav and Sparta Prague (each Czech Republic), and Puskás Akadémia (Hungary).
The 30-year-old attacker – who additionally had A-League stints with Melbourne Heart and Western Sydney Wamderers – signed with the Roar final month however has had to look forward to his International Transfer Clearance.
Finally cleared, Mebrahtu travelled with the Roar squad to Sydney on Friday and is an opportunity to be unleashed towards the Sky Blues at Jubilee Stadium by a Roar aspect in want of some attacking spark after being saved scoreless of their previous two video games.
Bleiberg, who was amazed by Mebrahtu’s tempo and ability when the then teenager was coaching by himself within the park in 2009, predicted his discovery could be a “smarter” participant after his European stint.
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“We took him from a public park to play in the A-League, and once he did this jump, with his physical attributes he should have done better,” Bleiberg mentioned.
“But he has still achieved a lot. He played in Europe, which is the dream of almost every Australian player, and maybe only five per cent achieve it.
“It’s good that he’s come back home and its good that the Roar have given him a chance.”
Roar coach Warren Moon mentioned enjoying towards Sydney – who’re aiming for a hat-trick of championships this season – would give Brisbane a real indication of whether or not the Queenslanders had been title contenders.
“We’re not the complete side yet … we know they’re the benchmark of this competition and we want to test ourselves against the best,” Moon mentioned.
“This rivalry goes back to year one (of the A-League) so it’s a game that we’re definitely looking forward to. This is a challenge we need and we want.”
Sydney’s squad will embrace returning Brazilian marksman Bobo, who scored 27 targets for the Sky Blues of their 2017-18 marketing campaign earlier than leaving for greater than two years.
Roar defender Macaulay Gillesphey mentioned he had not heard of Bobo earlier than the veteran striker lately rejoined the Sky Blues however was now nicely conscious of his goal-scoring exploits.
“He’s got a good record,” Gillesphey mentioned.
“I’ve heard good things so I’m looking forward to that test.”.