A-League: ESPN name Nabbout strike best for the week in world football

WORLD BEATER: Andrew Nabbout celebrates his sublime strike against Wanderers. Picture: Sproule Sports Focus
WORLD BEATER: Andrew Nabbout celebrates his sublime strike against Wanderers. Picture: Sproule Sports Focus

ANDREW Nabbout’s stupendous strike against Wanderers has been awarded the goal of the week by global broadcaster ESPN, beating Paris Saint Germain superstar Edson Cavani for the gong.

Whats more, the power-packed Jets attacker is confident it won’t be the last addition to the highlights reel.

“I didn’t know it was the goal of the week around the world but Chris Bowling, the goalkeeping coach, showed me the video ESPN posted,” Nabbout said. “It was definitely the best goal I have scored. It is not every day you get to compete with players like Cavani. To be up there with the best of them is a big honour. I believe in my ability that I can do that more often. I just have to trust in that ability and try those things.”

With the Jets having just conceded a contentious penalty on Friday, Nabbout burst into the box and at full pace fired a shot, using the outside of his right boot, which curled inside the left post.

“We had to get an instant reply,” Nabbout said. “It was a good build up from Stevie to me, and then Dimi with the cheeky back heel. I had to do something. I was at full pace and I tried something special and it went in.”

The strike, which was also the A-League goal of the week, is sure to have grabbed the attention of new Socceroos coach who will on March 6 name a 30-man squad for a training camp ahead of friendlies against Norway and Colombia.

“He has a blank sheet of paper and he has names to put on it,” Nabbout said. “It is up to players to show form and consistency, try things that are special and show the coach something in order for him to pick them. There are a lot of players in the A-League in the shop window. You have to do things to stand out and do your job really consistently every week.”

Nabbout’s showstopper was his ninth goal of the campaign. The 25-year-old has shifted back to a wider role since the return a fortnight ago of striker Roy O’Donovan. 

“I was up front for a couple of months and got used to the runs in behind and the kind of pressing that we do,” Nabbout said. “Going back out wide is a little bit of a different role. There is more running involved and more tracking back. It took me a week or so to get used to it. Now that Roy is back it really gives me a point to hit inside the box. He is so smart and so dangerous in there. First thing I am going to be doing is looking for him.”

Riley McGree comes into the front four for Pato Rodriguez (calf strain) against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. 

“Riley will come in and do a job,” Nabbout said. “He is a very talented player as we have seen in previous weeks. He has come on and made a huge impact. It is good for him to be getting a start, it’s well deserved and hopefully he can really bring his form into the starting eleven.”