Northern design team is now on the ball worldwide
Launched before Christmas, the new Mamba ball, designed to improve players' skills, is proving to be a huge success, attracting orders from more than thirty countries including China and the US.
The brainchild of Stephen Maher and Brian Lavery of Northern Ireland company LMInnov8, the Mamba ball has three layers including an outer rubber skin with special surface grip zones.
"It's designed as a close contact training football," explains Stephen Maher. "It gives players the ability to be more creative and confident and helps improve all-round football skills. It was trialled very positively at Sheffield University."
The Mamba has already caught on with Freestylers and several academies are investigating the possibilities of including it in their training regimes. Also in production is a smaller ball for the under-12s.