Sydney Trio Become Baristas

Should their careers in football take a nose dive then Sydney FC stars Rhyan Grant, Terry Antonis and Ali Abbas may have found alternative jobs.

Should their careers in football take a nose dive then Sydney FC stars Rhyan Grant, Terry Antonis and Ali Abbas may have found alternative jobs.

The trio were invited by Sydney FC player partners Schibello Caffe to Chill Bar in Dee Why to experience life as baristas and also serve ice-cream to customers for the afternoon.

A steady stream of Sydney FC fans and other café-goers were on hand to keep the boys busy as they signed autographs.

“It was a new experience for me to serve coffee and ice cream and I was loving that time with the kids and the Sydney FC fans. Hopefully we can do it again,” said winger Ali Abbas.

“It was really nice, the first time I-ve tried the coffee because normally I drink hot chocolate but from now I-m going to drink the coffee.”

Schibello Caffe owner Ross Schinella was also on hand to ensure the day went smoothly and that there weren-t any spilled drinks!

“The boys were right into it,” he said.

“They were showing their talents behind the bar and seeing maybe a different world.

“The kids have really enjoyed it and I think some of the parents have too, bringing the kids down here after school. It-s been a real treat.”

The boys also showed off some of their talents with Grant and Abbas playing a game of head tennis across the counter before Terry Antonis did some tricks with his feet.

“We have to show them we have the skills and it was nice to do that in front of all the kids and families here,” said the Iraqi international.

The day ended with a light kick around by the beach, organised by Schibello Caffe, which allowed the young Sydney FC fans to enjoying playing alongside some of their heroes.

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