Transplanted from Wyndham Vale to the World Cup

Wyndham Vale footballer and kidney transplant recipient, Nizam Mazlan, will play for Australia at the 2024 Transplant Football World Cup. (supplied)

Nizam Mazlan, 37, of Wyndham Vale, thought he would never play football

again. Now he’s training to represent Australia at the inaugural Transplant Football

World Cup.

When Mazlan was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease his quality of life decreased

rapidly. Trying to juggle full time work and dialysis treatments left very little time to

do what he loved or spend time with his growing family. In 2021, Mazlan got the life

changing call that he was going to receive a kidney transplant.

Post-transplant, Mazlan felt like a whole new person began living life to the absolute fullest.

A football fan since childhood, Mazlan was thrilled when he learned about the

Transplant Australia Football Club and even more thrilled when selected to represent

Australia at the 2024 Transplant Football World Cup in Italy.

“It is a great honour to be part of the World Cup team, this is the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

“I want to make my donor proud and give hope to people currently on dialysis waiting

for a transplant.”

The Transplant Football World Cup is an initiative started by the World Transplant

Games Federation that provides a new and exciting international event for

transplant football players. Teams composed of heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas,

and bone marrow recipients will come together for a week-long celebration of the

gift of life in Cervia, Italy. Men and women of all ages are eligible to compete in the

7-a-side competition which will follow the FIFA World Cup format.

The team will be coached by former A league Professional Player, Josh Rose.

Rose, who amassed over 350 professional games in a 17-year career including many years at

the Central Coast Mariners, said he was inspired to lead the team after his brother Luke had two kidney transplants.

“When you look at the team on the pitch you would have no understanding of the

health battles they have faced,” Rose said.

“They are truly inspiring, and we hope to give the

World Cup a real shake.”

Participation at the Transplant Football World Cup is self-funded. If you would like to

support Nizam Mazlan on his journey to the Transplant Football World Cup, please visit,

There are currently 1,800 Australians waiting for a life-saving transplant.

To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit and

share your decision with your family.

Cade Lucas.