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A Training Coordinator at the Pentecost Leadership Training Institute in Leominster, Massachusetts and an African Language Teacher at the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

African Representatives at the World Cup in Germany!

Some of us who know Africa very well have always believed in Dr. James E. Kwegyir Aggrey's (1875-1927) assertion that "Only the best is good enough for Africa". This transcends across every facet of life, but especially in the demonstration of natural skills and talents. Soccer has always been a dominant sport in Africa. Even in the absence of financial incentives and good training facilities, Africa has produced the likes of the legendary Pele of Brazil and Stanley Matthews of England in Ghana's Abedi Ayew 'Pele', Cameroon's Roger Miller and Liberia's footballer-turned politician, George Oppong Weah, just to mention a few. The five spots given to Africa by FIFA, the world governing body is woefully inadequate and not reflective of the budding talents of African nations in the world's most popular sport.
With that said, I want to switch over to what is current on the agenda- the "2006 World Cup in Germany". Africa's representatives of Ghana, Togo, the Ivory Coast, Angola and Tunisia as underdogs, have not been given any dog chance of excelling or causing major upsets in Germany this summer. Aside of biase refereeing, a major factor in competitive matches, which had been used most recently against Africa's representatives in the past- Cameroon and Senegal, I believe these four national teams are capable of going miles in the world cup. What do you say? Please, join the forum and post your comments!


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