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Oct
09

Sellas Tetteh, if you are Hungary for the cup, eat Nemeth and Kiss Adam Marko!

Sellas Tetteh, Andre Ayew, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak and President Atta Mills

Sellas Tetteh, Andre Ayew, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak and President Atta Mills

After being grilled by The Republic of Korea, Ghana must clear Hungary to have a chance of being crowned world youth football champions. In the run-up to this crucial semi-final encounter on Tuesday, 13th October 2008, Black Satellites coach, Sellas Tetteh who has received enthusiastic reviews across the globe has confidently hinted that he and his boys “will give everything to return home with the global crown”  He adds confidently that “we mustn’t fail!” Sandor Egervari, coach of Hungary however sees things quite differently. “Ghana have been one of the best teams in the tournament up until now.” He tells the world. Surely I cannot wait for the scores to be settled!

I will however proceed to mention a few observations I have made about The Magyars. I first mention five general facts about them, then proceed to address how they score and then how they concede. Continue reading ‘Sellas Tetteh, if you are Hungary for the cup, eat Nemeth and Kiss Adam Marko!’

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12
Oct
09

When does losing make people feel good?

Black Stars lined up for a game (courtesy GFA.ORG)

Black Stars lined up for a game (courtesy GFA.ORG)

I have been hearing some amazing justifications why it feels good for Ghana’s Black Stars to lose to Les Écureuils (The Squirrels) of Benin since Ghana’s 0-1 loss to Benin on Sunday October 11, 2009 at de l’Amité, Cotonou in the World Cup 2010 qualifier. Why would anyone feel good when his team loses a game? If I did not know the Ghanaian mindset better, I would have been surprised to read or hear such comments. Losing is bad. Period!

 Unless one is putting up a defensive attitude to offset the demoralizing effect of a loss or one is trying to make a point with the loss, losing cannot feel good. Besides the sense of accomplishment one feels after winning anything, a scientific connection has been drawn between  winning any sport game and the production of neurotransmitters (endorphins) that diminish feelings of pain. Endorphins are believed to block pain from reaching the brain. It is therefore a beautiful lie when people claim it is good that Ghana (on a 100% run this year) has lost to lowly Benin.

Continue reading ‘When does losing make people feel good?’




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