"You just never knew what life was going to be like or if you’d live to see another day..."
That's what Western Sydney Wanderers attacker Abraham Majok remembers of his brief life growing up in Kenya.
The now 20 year old moved to Australia with his parents as a refugee in 2005 and hasn't looked back as he's made Western Sydney home.
Not allowed to play football while in Kenya, Majok was introduced to the round ball a few years later than most but has quickly made up for lost time with the Wanderers.
Though making his first A-League start for the club on Friday against Newcastle Jets, he first played for the senior side early last year in the Asian Champions League as an 18 year old.
He'd go on to make his A-League debut a few months later in what would be Tony Popovic's final competitive game in charge of the Wanderers.
Not given any minutes last season under Josep Gombau, Majok has quickly caught the eye of Markus Babbel and turned a few heads with a lively performance against the Jets.
While showing plenty of promise in his first real taste of A-League football, the attacker is his own sharpest critic after missing a number of chances to score.
"It wasn’t the best. It could have been better," Majok told Goal .
"All of it counts for nothing if you don’t put the ball into the back of the net."
Told he'd be starting a day before the game, Majok admitted nerves were an issue as he tried to adapt to the pace of senior football.
While critical of his own performance, Babbel was quick to praise him and sought to calm Majok after the match.
"It is faster and you’ve got to adapt to that and do things quicker," he said.
"(Babbel) told me to keep my head up, said there’s a few small things I can fix."
Unable to strike against the Jets, Majok has made a habit of scoring in the National Youth League and ended last season as the competition's top scorer with nine goals from 11 games that included two hat-tricks.
Majok's route to the Wanderers is one paved by hard work and a little bit of luck with the attacker catching the eye while playing for Mt Druitt Rangers against the Wanderers in 2016.
"One of those where you have good games, work hard and someone gives you the opportunity," he said.
"I played against them when they were in NPL 2 and they asked me to train with their youth team while I was still at Mt Druitt.
"So I trained with them every morning and did my Mt Druitt training in the evening."
He would ultimately be rewarded for that hard work with a two-year senior contract at the Wanderers in 2017 and is set to push even harder as he looks to secure more minutes for a club he's supported since its inception.
"I grew up in (Western Sydney), always lived in this area and once the club was established I started supporting them so to be playing for them now is just unreal."