Wigan stopper Ali Al Habsi has a secret weapon should today’s FA Cup Final result in a penalty shootout. The Lactics’ keeper has been working with glove manufacturer, Sondico, to create a state-of-the-art penalty glove, which has been specifically developed to deal with spot kicks.
The mitten style gloves feature a unique webbed design across the fingers; providing even greater strength to the edge of the hand. This bespoke design results in a larger deflection area to enhance a goalkeeper’s ability to divert penalty attempts away from goal.
Al Habsi will change into the Sondico ‘Penalty Saver’ in the event of a dreaded shootout and Oman’s number one is confident that gloves could be the key to success. He said: “I’ve been testing the gloves in training over the last few weeks and I’ve been really impressed with how the ‘Penalty Saver’ has performed. Penalty shootouts are so finely balanced that the smallest thing can be the difference between victory and defeat. I’m hoping it will be my gloves!”
Sondico is steeped in goalkeeping history with legendary stoppers including Peter Shilton, Ray Clemence, Neville Southall and David James wearing Sondico gloves during a golden era for the brand. The glove manufacturer continues to go from strength to strength with ambassadors Al Habsi and Ben Williams of Hibernian both appearing in Cup Finals in England and Scotland respectively.
David Baxter, Product and Marketing Director for Sondico, said, “Sondico is a brand with a rich footballing history but we’re always striving to improve the performance of our athletes, and customers, by remaining at the forefront of innovation. These gloves represent a bold step forward in glove technology and design. We wish Ali all the best!”
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