Reading Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi met a group of young footballers from Advanced Football on Wednesday afternoon as they toured Madejski Stadium for a behind the scenes look at Reading FC.
The Omani international goalkeeper met the group at pitch side as they were getting a closer look at where manager Jaap Stam gives his orders in the home dugout.
With the group all taking seats at the bottom of the stands, Ali took part in a question and Answer session with the group, chatting to them about all aspects of his career and Reading football club.
The Royals stopper pointed out to the aspiring young footballers the dedication it took to make it as a professional in the game. He also told them his story about getting into the sport, with the FA Cup winner working as a Fireman in Oman before turning pro in Europe.
After an insightful chat with the Royals glovesman the group had pictures with Al-Habsi, who then went on to sign photos for the team as a reminder of their experience at the Mad Stad.
Following their chat with Ali the group continued their tour, checking out the changing rooms, warm up and tunnel area’s to see where the players prepare before taking to the pitch on a matchday.
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