Melbourne Victory’s New Zealand international striker Kosta Barbarouses has opened up about his emotions in the wake of the atrocity at two Christchurch mosques that devastated his country last Friday, and why he performed a Muslim prayer celebration while scoring twice in his team’s 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.
A clearly emotional Barbarouses – who was born and brought up in Wellington – netted the first of his two goals midway through the second half and immediately ran to the byline adjacent to the goal, knelt in supplication and bowed as if in silent prayer.
It was, he said, the least he could do to show respect and proclaim his solidarity with his countrymen and fellow citizens killed and traumatised by the horror in Christchurch.
”It’s a really devastating day for everyone in the country. Probably one of the darkest days,” the 29-year-old Kiwi international said.