Like Madonna and Prince, he’s so famous that he can go by just one name and be instantly recognised. He’s a cult figure around the Brisbane Premier League and his stature has only grown with his move to Lions in the off-season, the photo below providing the perfect example of that after being mobbed when his club qualified for the FFA Cup Final 32.
On the eve of one of the biggest night’s even in Brisbane football, we caught up with Kado Aoci to give us his story on where he has got to where he is.
QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?
KA: Football was always a passion for me since I was young. When we moved to Australia, my main influence has been a fellow African player, Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast.
QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.
KA: I started playing football back in Congo with my oldest brother when I was young but that wasn’t serious like it is here in Australia. Once I got here, I was playing in Church League with my friend Phil Davis (from Football Brisbane Media) for one season. After that I went and played at Annerley Football Club.
QSN: What opportunities has football given you?
KA: Football has given me a lot of opportunities to meet people I previously didn’t know. It also made me get recognised around Australia with a lot of clubs, other players and young kids.
QSN: Was it easy to adjust to Lions style of play when making the move over from Wolves at the start of this season?
KA: I did adjust very well with no problems.
QSN: What was the experience of playing the FFA Cup game in Adelaide in the round of 32 against Croydon Kings?
KA: Playing in that match was good exposure for all the players including me. I was able to be seen by different coaches and players and it was something different to the Brisbane Premier League.
QSN: How has the squad been preparing for the big showdown with Perth Glory on Wednesday night at Perry Park?
KA: I can’t really say anything about our preparation (Kado needs to keep some things secret) but we are all all ready and keen to face them.
QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?
KA: My best is Trent Clulow (former Wolves teammate, now at Brisbane Strikers).
QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?
KA: RnB. Water. Fish and rice. Didier Drogba. Chelsea.
QSN: How does Warren Moon compare to your previous coaches?
KA: Good question. I guess people are different but they all good coaches and great people as well to play under.
QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?
KA: Playing with the Congo boys and PlayStation with friends.
QSN: if you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?
Thanks Kado for joining us. On behalf of all Queensland football supporters, we wish you and the rest of your Lions team best wishes and here’s hoping you can cause a big upset against Perth Glory.
Remember, Lions meet Perth Glory on Wednesday night with the match being played at Perry Park, Bowen Hills. Kickoff is 7:30pm and tickets will be available at the gate but you are encouraged to get there early to ensure you don’t miss the start of the game as queues are expected.
If for some reason you can’t get along live to watch the match, it will be streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now. Our very own Rafe Griffin will be joined by Nick Meredith for commentary on the match. GO LIONS!