Kewell joined fellow co-commentator and former Melbourne Victory player Fahid Ben Khalfallah in the box for Australia’s FIFA World Cup win over Tunisia on Saturday with lead commentator David Basheer.
For the most part, Kewell was doing his best to control his enthusiasm during the broadcast.
Kewell grabs fellowing commentator David Basheer during the broadcast of the Australia v Tunisia match
However when Mitch Duke head home the goal that would ultimately secure the win over Tunisia, he couldn’t contain himself and grabbed Basheer in excitement.
‘Australia have the advantage and Mitch Duke becomes the Socceroos’ eighth individual goal scorer in a World Cup finals match,’ Basheer said as Kewell clutched him tightly.
‘Wow, wow. What a start. Unbelievable,’ Kewell said.
Former Canberra Raiders captain Simon Woolford was one of the higher profile Twitter users to slam Kewell’s commentary, labelling it ‘very underwhelming’.
Australian commentator loved Kewell’s commentary, but many did not and took to Twitter to complain
‘Awful commentator.. our best ever player by a country mile. That’s Harry,’ replied another fan.
‘He is horrid in the com box,’ another said.
‘He is horrendous mate. Most ex players make terrible commentators/pundits,’ added another.
Kewell himself could see the funny side of the moment and posted it himself to social media
It comes after he copped similar treatment from Socceroos fans following his call during Australia’s 4-1 loss to France in their opening match of the World Cup.
‘Loved Harry Kewell the player, but wow – he certainly struggles on the mic,’ wrote one fan.
‘Only Harry Kewell could make a bicycle kick at goal s**t boring, rare commentary talent,’ another supporter added.
‘I wish he could actually form a sentence. He is more frustrating than our performance,’ added another.
However Socceroos fans were quick to defend the superstar and said it was great to see passion and enthusiasm back in the commentary box.
‘@HarryKewell is the greatest Australian footballer God ever put breath into. Great knowledge of the game. Would love to see him coach the National team one day,’ one fan posted.
‘I’ve loved everything about Harry Kewell this World Cup. He’s been incredible in commentary,’ posted another.
‘Love it Harry. Move of it, we are all jumping off our couches at home. Get in it and enjoy it,’ said another supporter.
‘Harry you’ve gone from Socceroo to Socceroo fan.. Nothing wrong with that mate. We were ALL excited!’ applauded another.
‘Loved Kewell’s reaction to the goal almost as much as the interchange between Duke and his son. A wonderful couple of moments, well captured by the camera crew. Thank you,’ posted another fan.
It wasn’t just the Duke goal that had Kewell on the edge of his seat.
Kewell is one of many former Socceroos legends that have been behind the Australian side this World Cup
In the second half, when Matthew Leckie almost latched onto a cross to score Kewell could only let out a strange noise of excitement as he rode the ball home.
‘What about that moment of anguish from you when Leckie just missed from Maclaren’s cross? I think the whole of Australia heard you and felt that!’ one fan posted.
‘The noise you made when Leckie almost latched onto McLaren’s ball was the best part of the commentary. A man who cares not only for the game but for his country. Passion. I loved it,’ another said.
‘Whoever can edit sound. Please strip and save the Harry Kewell sound from that Leckie chance,’ replied another,