a wonderful team
fever is on and the adrenalin will be pumping through
our veins as the Soca Warriors tackle the Swedes in our
bid for the prestigious World Cup.
For months our players have been preparing for the big
day and tomorrow they will showcase their talents, skill
and prowess on the football field before millions of diehard
football fans around the world.
The excitement will be intense and, although the odds
are stacked against our team, the fact remains that the
game is never over until the last whistle is blown.
In past years we have witnessed dark horses, unknown teams
and unranked players place upon the top because of their
raw talent and unshakeable team spirit.
In fact, some teams that were treated with scant regard
by football pundits and commentators who predicted their
early demise proved that they had what it took to star
prominently on the football field.
The World Cup has been a place where clear favourites
have felt the agony of defeat and little known teams have
experienced the thrill of victory. It is a place where
miracles can happen.
It is all a matter of everything coming together at the
right time and players remembering the skills that they
have been taught and practised in the lead-up to the big
And after all the build-up and excitement, so what if
we lose? The fact is that our boys have made us proud
by qualifying for this auspicious event. The red, white
and black of our flag will be proudly blowing in the breeze
and those fortunate enough to witness the event live will
shout words of encouragement from the stands on our behalf.
The support both on German and local soil will be tremendous
as God provides us once again with an opportunity to prove
the love, strength and power of a people when they unite
for a common good.
Are you game?
Any unification process must not be merely a superficial
procedure aimed at bringing together all the forces because
some of the forces may actually negate others if there
is significant conflict on material matters.
In other words, there has to be a sifting mechanism to
ensure that all those on board and those who choose to
jump on the bandwagon are united in purpose, process and,
especially important, policy.
Imagine if a football team comprised players who were
not prepared to adhere to the stated rules of the game.
Suppose the coach had advised his players to breach the
rules, commit fouls and resort to unscrupulous means,
all with the objective of winning the game.
What if the players were mandated to destroy other players
on the same team who were not prepared to stoop to the
low levels as suggested by the coach?
Would it be correct for those players to enact the dictates
of the coach knowing full well that to do so would be
wrong? Is the need to win the game ever sufficient justification
to break the rules? If that is the case, then who determines
what is allowable and what is not?
A team needs a strong leader who knows the art and intricacies
of the game and who can instill in his players the confidence
and skill required to overcome the opponents.
If the coach constantly changes his strategy to suit his
own purpose without regard or respect for the players
and in total violation of the rules of the game, then
such a team would obviously suffer the ill-effects of
confused players who literally would not know which way
Some players, so desperate to be a part of the game, would
sin their souls just to please the coach because their
future lies in his hands. These people would play the
game of cut and thrust at all costs, even if it means
destroying their colleagues.
Such players are aware that they are unwanted by other
clubs and would be content playing little league with
their master coach.
Other players, committed to the rules of the game and
who wish to preserve its integrity, will never be considered
part of the team. They will always be labelled by the
coach as truants and misfits and will be taken off the
field at the first opportunity.
They will be forced to sit on the bench and watch inferior
talent run up and down the field embarrassing the team,
disappointing fans and making a mockery of the game. But
apparently that is exactly what the coach wants and he
has people of FIFA proportions prodding him along.
A whole new team
One viable option for the players who have been unjustifiably
and unreasonably removed from the game is to find another
team that will appreciate their respective abilities and
allow them to participate freely and fairly as a team
on the field.
Of course another option is to retire from the game, give
up the sport and return to their respective professions.
But why should such an approach be adopted when there
are thousands of fans who want to see a restoration of
dignity and integrity to the game?
What is required is the creation of a formidable team
comprising individuals with proven track records. This
must be done expeditiously as while timing is everything,
time is running out.
When the whistle to commence play is blown the players
on the new team must be in position and ready to score
the goals necessary for an outright win. There must be
no distraction to prevent players from performing at an
optimum on the field.
There is a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered and
a competent captain who can lead his team to victory.
Let us hope that those brave enough to play on the field
will come forward because there is a big match that has
to be played in the very near future. We cannot afford
to lose this game because if we do, we will all be relegated
to the benches of opposition forever.