What started as a passion for sport evolved into a career, and now a mission for FIFA-accredited coach Omar Al Duri. After professionally coaching in the UK, Omar moved to the UAE to train footballers and mobilise the local community towards a healthier lifestyle.
Today, he helps athletes find their football footing and better take care of their bodies. The Sun & Sand Sports ambassador has worked as a physical trainer for the Ghana Football Association for the Under-20s in preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, and for the U20 World Cup in New Zealand. His expert advice for young, aspiring footballers in the region is simple – to work hard. “Stick to the plan and try to stay on your track, not to compare yourself to anyone else,” he says.
Another important tip is to first find the right shoe for your position. Omar talks about the powerhouse adidas football cleats for different players.
For the agility players, Omar recommends the adidas Nemeziz 17.3 Firm Ground because, “It has a unique design in terms of a wraparound. It’s good for close grip control – a lot of agility. Messi obviously wears it,” he says. It gives speed to forward players because of its dual lock collar stability and responsive agility mesh. The flexible upper lets you control the ball and the outsole studs are designed for zigzagging on the pitch.
The adidas X 17.3 Firm Ground is for the strikers. “It’s actually Gareth Bale’s boot. I like the feel of this boot, it’s got an inner sock for the lock. Overall, it looks quite slick.” This is the weapon for attacking wingers, strikers and chaos-makers with its lightweight techfit® compression and studded traction. The knit upper offers natural movement, with the mid-cut height for stability.
Midfielders will love the adidas Ace 17.3 Primemesh Firm Ground shoe. “It’s got a nice finish on the top for control. Underneath, I like the round studs; for getting your foot on the ball it’s a lot easier. One of the famous midfielders who wears this is Paul Pogba.” Fitted with unique Total Control stud alignment, this shoe is designed for midfielders and control players. The engineered 3D Control Skin gives superior ball touch and mid collar for extra ankle support.
Wearing the right pair of shoes for your sport, individual requirements and playing position is important to performance, comfort and injury prevention. #ShowThemYou on the pitch with the adidas kids’ shoe range from the Sun & Sand Sports Back To School 2017 collection. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next sports star, showcase your talent and join the SSS School’s Got Talent competition.