Adelaide United’s Elimination Final hero Awer Mabil says their season will be a failure if they doesn’t reach the Grand Final.
Mabil came off the bench to net an 87th minute winner in United’s 2-1 triumph over Brisbane Roar on Friday, securing their semi-final spot away to Sydney FC on Saturday.
United finished sixth in coach Josep Gombau’s first season in charge in 2013-14. The club have already improved on that and lifted the FFA Cup, but Mabil insisted they wouldn’t settle for anything less than a spot in the decider.
“I think it’d be a failure,” Mabil told FourFourTwo.
“The club wants to go all the way. As a squad, we want to be in the final and win it.
“It would be a failure if we don’t go through, but in saying that, we have to work hard and everything will come.”
Mabil’s impact off the bench was also on show last month when United and Sydney last met at Allianz Stadium, as he netted an 82nd minute winner.
The 19-year-old wants to be a Reds starting player but admitted he is still working his way back to full fitness after a quad strain and unlikely to break into the XI against Sydney.
“For me to come off the bench and do my job was something I wanted to do,” Mabil said.
“Hopefully this Saturday, if the coach puts me in the starting XI I can do my job. If not, I’m happy coming off the bench at the moment.
“But I don’t want to be a bench player, I want to be a starter.”
The young winger said the finals intensity brought out the best in him and added he enjoyed the ‘all-or-nothing’ tempo.
If United’s season does end on Saturday night, Mabil said he wouldn’t be thinking about another European sojourn.
The Kenya-born talent had a trial with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in January but said he had no plans to explore similar opportunities this off-season.
“I’m looking forward to a holiday and a chance to refresh the body,” Mabil said.
“I want to be ready for next season. I’m contracted here with Adelaide for the next two seasons and I don’t plan to go anywhere.”
When asked if Ajax had followed up on their interest, he added: “I have no idea. You’d have to ask my manager.
“I just do my football and enjoy it. If someone wants me ‘okay’, but if not, I don’t really care.
“I’m here with a club that I love and I’m not hoping to go anywhere.”comments