Friday, September 17, 2010

...Khalid Askri

Now I know Khalid Askri isn't a household name, especially in the United States, but his recent misfortune is something we all can learn from. Khalid Askri is the goalkeeper for Moroccan team FAR Rabat. He was playing in a Moroccan Domestic Cup match the other night against MAS Fes.

He was facing a penalty kick and, like so many in today's society, was more concerned about showing up his opponent and putting all the focus squarely on his shoulders. Well Mr. Askri, you have.

If you haven't seen it, he made the initial save on the penalty kick. And rather than focusing on the ball, he immediately pounded his chest to let everyone know that he had made the save. But what he didn't see what the spin that was on the ball after it hit off his hands.

The ball spun back and went into the goal. Now in soccer, the player taking the kick cannot kick the ball again if it is saved in a Shootout situation. But apparently, the ball can roll in even after the initial save.

I will never expect anyone - an eight year old or a twenty eight year old professional - to make every play in every game. There are errors in baseball, right? But there is something to be said about making sure the job is finished before celebrating and making sure everyone knows who made the save - or gave up the goal.

To watch the video, visit the link below.

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