S-League trio have a ball with World Cup's Brazuca

S-League trio have a ball with World Cup's Brazuca
Warriors FC goalkeeper Hassan Sunny attempting to save a shot from Anthony Aymard as Fazrul Nawaz looks on at the Jalan Besar Stadium

To striker Fazrul Nawaz, it is a dream. To goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, it is a nightmare.

But both Singapore internationals were happy to give the adidas Brazuca the thumbs up, even as they saw the ball from opposite sides.

Along with Tanjong Pagar United's Anthony Aymard, the trio of Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League players spent an hour earlier this week dribbling, shooting and saving this year's World Cup ball.

"It's always a bit strange playing with a new ball but I like this one," Aymard, the French centre-back, told The Straits Times.

"It's light and comfortable to the touch.

"You would be able to handle it easily after just two or three training sessions."

In truth, it did not take quite that long for the trio to get to grips with adidas' latest offering.

"I didn't need to put much power behind my kicks at all," said Warriors FC goalkeeper Hassan.

"All I had to do was strike it with the proper technique and the ball would travel fast and far."

Home United striker Fazrul, the S-League's highest-scoring local player this season, agreed.

"The ball is very light so it's more about accuracy and technique," said the 29-year-old, who found the net with regularity with the 437g ball. Other brands can weigh up to 450g.

"When I tried to use power, the ball just sailed over but when I kept my shots low and firm, it was easy to hit the target."

Hassan, on the other hand, found himself being repeatedly beaten by shots from in and around the penalty area.


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