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Majak Daw selected to make his AFL debut


After 4 years at the North Melbourne FC, 22-year old Sudanese-Australian Majak Daw has finally been selected to make his debut for the Kangaroos against the Brisbane Lions this Sunday.

Daw has created plenty of media attention over the past few years, for both the right and wrong reasons. His freakish athletic ability saw videos of him in action in the VFL go viral, although initially his raw ability needed polishing to get up to AFL standard. Some off-field issues also saw his commitment to playing AFL football questioned by the club.

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott told The Age newspaper yesterday that it is the esteem in which those same teammates now hold him that indicates he is ready for the big stage.

''He's earned the respect of his teammates through his hard work,'' Scott said on Thursday.

''And to be completely honest with you, and Majak will be the first to tell you, his teammates probably didn't have the greatest respect for him because, initially, he didn't know how to work. This pre-season, all the boys have an enormous respect for what Maj has done.''

World Footy News wish Majak well for Sunday, and look forward to emulating some of the success in the AFL that Sudanese basketballers have already achieved in Australia and the US.

More at Daw finally works it out and earns debut.

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Majak Daw selected to make his AFL debut
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Sunday, April 21 2013 @ 05:04 am ACST

 Made a great start, marking and goaling within the opening minute of the game...  Joining the club of players to kick a goal with their first kick in senior AFL footy.  Then got knocked out in an accidental clash of heads with Ben Cunnington 19 minutes into the first term and didn't return!

Still, positive signs.  Looking forward to seeing his development.

Majak Daw selected to make his AFL debut
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Monday, April 22 2013 @ 08:03 am ACST

I think, Aaron, that that might be one of the most remarkable 18 minute debuts on record. The sub total of his game was 2 kicks for 1 goal and 1 behind, 2 marks - one of which was a ripper  that nearly bought the house down - and his one hit out had the crowd gasping that he leapt so high.

Then, 18 minutes in (after finding time to spend a few moments on the bench), manages to KO himself against a team mates head...not the sort of follow up act he was wanting, but enough to add to the folklore of what was a terrific cameo in his first appearance. Based solely on the crowd reaction, that debut has to be right up there with Nic Natanui for responding to the hype.

If that 18 minutes is a sign of things to come, Majak could well be on the way to a huge career, and almost certainly an iconic figure in the game.

Some people bemoan the fact that the game doesn't have the entertainers...pointing out that the days of Ronnie Andrews, Mark Jackson, Robbie Muir, Mal Brown won't be back. True. But we don't need them.

The entertainers of today...Franklin, Nic Nat, Howe, Lewis Jetta, Rioli, Karmichael Hunt and others...set the crowds to their collective feet with their deeds, and Daw may well be headed the same way.