It is again that time when football seems to succeed where peaceful organizations have failed in their bid to maintain peace. A game played with an ‘unspeaking’ little football. I don my cap to you Football! Games always have the power to charm peace I must confess but many end up fuelling the fire of chaos. I remember some few Ghanaian games played when I was young Like “antowakyire” (where we all circled by the fire alert hoping to see when the one to hide the treasure will hide it at our backs, if we fail, we had our fair share of beating by the one who hid it there, if he or she travels around the circle to meet it still lying there) and “ampe” which some girls still play (a vigorous jumping game which calls for foresight as to which leg an opponent will step forward).
As civilization takes over our world, even children have lost interest in playing games, all they want is to play video games and surf the internet, the more reason I was very glad when I got to know that there is an organization called Right to Play which seeks to instil into children the pleasurable habit of playing. it seems to me that fun is gradually being sucked out of our lives by the invention of technological gadgets. Thank God though that football still reign supreme.
But I bet women who support teams different from their husbands may end up breaking their marriages. As usual those women who are not interested will feel so neglected. And men who cannot afford to buy their football televisions or go personally to Brazil will always be on the defensive to scare others from even trying to watch other programs.
Football to me is fun, but what sucks the fun out is the fact that millions of dollars is spent on it when people are dying of hunger. A country like Ghana can afford to spend the monies siphoned from citizens who are barely managing and waste it on just a game.A game the hungry may not get to watch. A game those in the villages may never get to hear of. A game we have less chance of winning. All the same, my opinion does not count, and if you find yourself in the land of the mad, you behave like them or risk being the mad. I can only hope and pray that they win.