It’s not easy to come up with a new routine for penalty kick. Aside from those who venture to try a Panenka or a stutter step, kicks from the spot tend to be pretty straightforward.
But now, thanks to Ashad Ali Adubarey, we have a new technique: the flop.
At first glance it seems like Adubarey screwed up royally. But then you watch it again (and again and again) and it’s clear this was totally on purpose.
And not only was this purposeful, it was incredibly bold. Adubarey didn’t try out this new technique in just any old match. This was during the AFC Challenge Cup third-place match. His side, Maldives, would end up defeating Afghanistan 8-7 on penalties to secure third in the tournament.
It’s a good thing this worked for Adubarey, or he’d have some very annoyed teammates. And we’re guessing he won’t try this one again.