I’ve been forced to use your portal as the ideal platform to disseminate my message to ask dem back for my money.
I am sure that others who were in a similar position as me shared the same sentiment, that they too want back dem money.
The weekends, especially Saturdays are days that I use to wine down, relax & have fun after getting away from the job site from a full week of stressful & grueling drenching work done from Mondays to Fridays.
Sadly, this weekend was not only disappointing but heart wrenching. To be frank, the ABFA owe me. Me wan me money back. Last Saturday I spent $20.00 to watch a CONCACAF football match, Antigua vs Guyana. Up to this minute, I am still wondering if I was at the right venue.
Perhaps the mistake I made, was to leave home with the high expectation that the match between the two teams would be the ideal antidote to relieve me of the stress i garnered from my job during the past week. Unfortunately & surprisingly so, that was not the case.
At the end of the game, the national team had me feeling embarrassed, in pains and experiencing more stressed from the 5 – 1 defeat they received.
From my vantage point, every single player on the field, played as if they were not defending a country. There was no discernment of any national pride on display. It seemed to me that the national anthem prior to the match, the national attire the players wore, the chanting support the received from the Antiguan supporters and the national flag draped in the wind, meant nothing to them. They all played as if it was just another school boys match.
Of course, as a sportsman myself, I do understand and appreciate that there can be only one winner and certainly the better of the two competitors on that day of the game will be victorious. However, I have a serious concern when the losing team, especially a team that Carrie’s my Antiguan flag, loses without putting up a proper fight. As an old cliche states ” A sincere soldier always goes down fighting with their guns & boots on “.
Representing the nation in my view, is serious business. Selecting the right team to represent the nation is also serious business. What comes to mind is the song that Young Destroyer sang in Trinidad in a competition…. ” whenever he sees the nation’s flag wave in front of him, it inspires him and makes him more of a giant of a man”. The same should apply to our national footballers.
Losing to Guyana was not too troubling to me, I think Guyana played better of the two teams. However, it was extremely painful to see how Antigua lost. Again, from my vantage point, the players were too flat footed; they were not aggressive enough and there was no urgency to win the game from beginning to end.
I think the administration & players of the national football team is definitely joking! In other countries a national team is accountable to the people. Spending thousands of dollars to bring approximately eight English base Antiguan players here and in addition, hosting a contingent of approximately 25 to 30 persons in a hotel for a week or two is a waste of money, if what was seen from the national team on Saturday, is the best they all have to offer.
When I pay my hard earned money to watch a football match, I expect to see a keenly contested game. Winning in my book is secondary. Saturday’s match left me with regrets, disappointments & a lot to be desired. ABFA owes the nation a report and I on the other hand want back my $20.00 back that was given for admission. To say the least he game left me appalled, disgusted & sick.
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