Since every World Cup produces an accompanying matchball which is supposedly “rounder” than its predecessor, you could be forgiven for thinking that footballs are now about as round as they are likely to get. Not so, according to Adidas.
They will officially unveil their Adidas Jabulani ball at Friday’s World Cup draw and are sticking to the script that they have once again re-invented the wheel.
The German manufacturer reckons the eight-panel design makes it the most spherical design yet. And they say its ‘Grip’n’Groove’ technology (whatever that means) gives “an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions”.
The name means to celebrate in the isiZulu language, which is spoken by 25 per cent of South Africans.
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