When I was growing up, I had a lot of thoughts in mind about this sport. I watched it without knowing what is was or how it was played. The only thing I could really remember was that I loved it. I had this unexplainable passion and desire for the sport. Later on, I got to understand a few things about it, which was good but I also realized that somehow I could walk and maybe run at times, so I started kicking anything I could find. Back then the only thing we had was a plastic ball popularly called “onike ball”, though hard but seriously, if you find yourself in such an old shoe, and you don’t another option, would you rather watch? I kicked it even though it was hard and I somehow enjoyed it as I did.
Then I rose to the point where I could recollect some memorable names like Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Ronaldinho, and so on. Then came the world tournament and for the first time, I had the privilege of watching them compete for something worthy. Though they lost a couple of times, talking about my great super eagles, but I still loved them. Then later on, I realized the reason why I had so much passion for the sport or sports in general. In other disciplines, if your father is rich, you can buy your way through. In fact, in most professions it was just like that. There was no real way of separating the extraordinary from the foolish. Sports is just not like that at all in any way, you are either talented or a fool and believe, if you are a fool you are a fool. People were selected based on merit, at least for a good while during that time. We all know the normal trend in Nigeria today where you have to know somebody to go somewhere. I just love the fact that it is a sport that knows no gender or feelings.
When I started going out to watch football games, I realized that people I hardly knew would start up a conversation with me simply on the basis of what I knew about the game. On the few occasions where I had the privilege to play, I got a huge amount of respect and applause from people I hardly knew just for doing something I love. It does pay to do something passionate even if it is just for a day. I believe you have something passionate in you and you would love to do it. My advice to you is just go on and do it. You will find more peace in it than just following orders all year long. Thank you for reading and thank you for your time.
Author: Legit Family.