I went to my first African soccer match last week. Well, actually it was my first soccer match ever. Except for the notoriety of David and Victoria Beckham….I don’t have a clue about soccer.
The Tchekpo Lycee (high school) was playing Taglibow Lycee. I’d been hearing teachers and students talking about this match for weeks. I’d been wanting to see a game. Tchekpo and Taglibow are about thirty miles apart, and they appear to have a friendly yet fierce competition with each other both scholastically and in sports. I likened it to a game between K.U. and Kansas State. This game was the championship for the entire Yoto prefecture (county.)
|The Hip Hop Cheering Section|
It was just plain fun to ride with the kids to Taglibow. It would be difficult to distinguish any differences between them and American teenagers getting ready for “the big game” with their biggest competition. There were fight songs, and laughter, and joking around, and flirting between the boys and the girls.
We arrived at the soccer field in Taglibow. They have a little grandstand, that looks like it was built a hundred years ago. The field has ‘some’ grass. It’s hard to find any grass in Togo. Tchekpo doesn’t have a soccer field, so they have to play all their games away. Last night I dreamt that Yoko Ono read my blog and donated a soccer field to the Tchekpo Lycee. Where did that come from??? So Yoko…if you are listening, Johns song, Imagine, is a constant inspiration to me. Picture this…the John Lennon Soccer Field in Tchekpo West Africa, dedicated to all the “dreamers” out there! Yoko? Yoko?
|The Tchekpo Team and Principal|
|The Pep Club after a great play|