Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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Human Relief All Stars
Took a short hop to Tamale
After a long haul flight to Accra
To the aroma of the Kukuo bakery
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First stop is Kpaling
An encounter so very brief
Honoured by the locals
We met the village chief
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The women came out in force
Their happiness was rife
We joined them at gushing wells
Yes, water really is life
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But football was the main force
Behold the beautiful game
We were awestruck by such talent
Back home it’s no way the same
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I yelled, “Over here Marcus!”
Circled by a group of three
Was really hailing our photo wizard
Kids thought ‘mark us’, was my plea
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Football in Bamvom and Moglaa
Pro touch coaching in Nanton Zuo
Matchday in Tolon
Game time in Agona Asafo
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Shaikhs Muhammad, Ali, Adam
Richard, Nizar, Waseem
Abdal, Hannan, Abu, Shaheed
Haruna, Marcus, Emdad, Kassim,
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They welcomed us Akwaaba
Our friends faces shine with gleam
We bid goodbye to Ghana
Nante yie proclaim the team
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© emdad Rahman
A gift to the people of Ghana…
We had a memorable week in Ghana coaching kids. The memories will last forever.
thanks for sharing!
It made me lookup google maps straight away to trace your journey.
for all the coaching, I’m sure you got just as much out of the trip as your hosts did.
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Great lines asnd what a great adventure …any pics Emdad …would love to feature this on the main home page here… please email me any images C
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28th April 2018 at 12:36 pm
See in context
27th April 2018 at 2:07 pm
4th September 2021 at 1:18 pm
This is so true. Both of my sons played at junior level and I gave words of encouragement, but never shouted or ranted from the sides like some parents, one bloke went over the top most games and his lad you could tell was nervous and embarrassed. I just wanted my lads to enjoy playing football and not as a competition etc. My eldest son ended up playing professional football, while my other one played at a decent level. The youngster who was ranted at by his crazy father never carried on playing. Let kids enjoy the game but they wont if forced to by obsessive parents.
29th August 2021 at 12:06 pm
maybe see you at the Fully Charged New Lawn then? Have had some great chats with CU fans before League & Cup games…best C
27th August 2021 at 10:58 am
Boxing Day 2018
It doesn’t often get that exciting at Brunton Park
24th August 2021 at 9:14 pm
Great feeling of being in amongst the fans as the goals fly in. 5 nil? Whose paddock is it though?????
We had a mad day like that on Saturday at Forest Green v Crawley (6-3!)
Welcome to Football Poets Brian..more please !
11th July 2021 at 3:19 pm
9th July 2021 at 12:35 pm
lovely imagery Carol
8th July 2021 at 7:56 pm
A more than able Kane – nice one.
8th July 2021 at 7:54 pm
Apologies, just spotted your rhyme scheme. Don’t do end rhymes too often.
8th July 2021 at 7:52 pm
I noticed the officials too and wondered what all the kerfuffle was about. Seriously?? Such a shame there always has to be some sort of controversy. Love how you managed to get all this into verse and so quickly. Not sure how you feel about enjambment, but I’d be tempted to tweak line 4 to ‘Danish national anthem booed, flipped over’. But that’s just me. I most certainly agree with your fair play sentiments.
6th July 2021 at 11:11 pm
Love the wry humour. Good piece.