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Kimisele (Ejebu) The flu has not only messed up the start of my journey, I have just realised that I it has affected my fantasy football team. Just before I left home, I had changed my team to include Ozil and Ramsey, alas I forgot to press the confirmation button. You may be wondering why this information is pertinent; it is segway into my story of the day. I was on the way to my uncle’s house when we drove past shed which had a sign outside stating that all the Sunday premiership games were being shown. Kick-off for the Arsenal vs. Stoke game was at 13:30, fortuitously for me it was exactly 13:30. I asked my uncle to drop me of and pick up me up later.
The venue which I watched the match was probably the most basic I had ever experienced (it wasn’t exactly the executive box at the Emirates stadium), but it was a memorable one. There were two television sets and benches for people to sit. The cost of entry was N50; I paid the fee and took a seat. Within five minutes, a lizard ran across my feet. It was a good game, arsenal won comfortably which I am happy but, but Ozil gave 3 assists and Ramsey scored a goal which annoyed me no end.
The thing that made these 90 minutes so interesting was the discussions/arguments between the other patrons of this fine establishment. I knew Nigerians loved their football but the passion for the game and love for teams that the vast majority would be able to see live is immense. Some these guys would give the Match of the Day or any of the Sky Sports Pundits a run for their money with regards to analysis and commentary of the game. I will not go into any detail but the conversations ranged from how poor Torres is, the reasons for Torres being so poor, why Mourinio doesn’t play Juan Mata. (I know what you are thinking, this is an Arsenal game right!!!!!) They discussions were loud and sometimes over passionate. If a foreigner walked past the shed and heard the commotion in the build, he would probably think there was a riot going on inside.
I enjoyed watching the match not only because my team won, but the entertainment was priceless. Additionally, over the past few days I have seen the effects of poverty on my fellow countrymen. I was happy to see that for only N50, they can forget their ills for 90 mins.
I start work at MOLAKA waters tomorrow, really looking forward to it. Till tomorrow, KKB out.