BUKIT JALIL: Disoriented and clueless.
Those were the feelings football fan Hairul Anuar had when he slipped on blindfolds and took on Malaysia’s national blind footballers, who were at Bukit Jalil Stadium to promote Eye On The Ball, an upcoming film presented by R.AGE, Star Media Group and CIMB Foundation.
Eye On The Ball, which premieres in cinemas nationwide on March 19, tells the inspiring true story of the Malaysian blind football team and aims to raise funds to continue their remarkable development.
The team was invited by the Selangor Football Association to engage with fans ahead of the Malaysian Super League match between Selangor and Perak, which took place at the stadium.
“I am used to playing football but this is different. I lost my confidence with the blindfold on and I didn’t score!” said Hairul.
Aside from giving sightless football a go, fans also had the opportunity to meet some blind footballers featured in the film.
“As a football fan, I do follow them and the Paralympic team so I can’t wait to watch Eye On The Ball when it premieres in cinemas, ” said Naghenthiran Puspenuaran, 27.
The Selangor FA also arranged for the Eye On The Ball trailer to be played in the stadium before the match, and blind footballer Azril Che Ibrahim was there to experience it.
“I am excited and nervous to see the reactions especially because I, too, haven’t watched the film. I hope those who watch the trailer today would be persuaded to visit cinemas and watch the film, ” Azril said.
Eye On The Ball follows the inspiring story of a group of visually impaired amateur footballers and their uphill battle to become professional players.
Film director Chen Yih Wen, who is also a senior producer at R.AGE, spent over two years documenting the players’ journey from being part-time players to gunning for glory at the Asean Para Games.
Members of the public can support the team by watching Eye On The Ball in cinemas, where a portion of the film’s proceeds will go to the Pan-Disability Football Club.
The club is home to the national blind football team as well as teams for the hearing impaired and amputees, among others.
Eye On The Ball is a campaign by R.AGE and CIMB Foundation, one of the earliest supporters of the blind football community in Malaysia. For more information on the film and the Pan-Disability Football Club, go to www.eyeontheballfilm.com.
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